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Ninna-ji Temple, Kyoto

#15 of 688 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Nestled in the hills northwest of the city sprawl, Ninna-ji Temple represents one of the more historically important sites in Japanese Buddhism, recognized as part of a World Heritage Site. Though the surviving buildings date from the early 1600s, they stand on the site of a temple complex founded in the 9th century. Pay a visit to the wooded grounds and wander among cherry trees and past ponds, taking time to marvel at the swooped rooftops, intricate paneling, and ornate carvings that decorate structures like the head priest's residence and main pagoda. Keep in mind that you'll need to pay separate admission fees for some parts of the temple. With our world travel planner, Kyoto attractions like Ninna-ji Temple can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Everybody would be rushing to Kinkakuji Temple down the road, but I have to say this temple was the nicest temple experience we had. This was due to the expansive temple grounds and lack of people...  more »
  • This was my second visit to Ninna-ji and it was just as lovely this time. It was full of old people being shown around in groups by priests and had a lack of other tourists so that was nice too. I...  more »
  • This a really cool temple with beautiful gardens that make you feel peaceful. There is set path to walk through. I really liked that some of the rooms had some small furnishings and not just the bare room. There was a room with an informational video so you can see what the grounds look like during other seasons. Reasonable price and totally worth your time to visit.
  • This place is very nice. Worth spending a few ours. Along with temples natural environment is very good.

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