World Heritage: Ninnaji Temple4.5
This temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 as one of historic monuments of ancient Kyoto. This architecture dating from the 9th century has the interior in the style of an imperial palace. The vast grounds are full of late-blooming cherry trees, attracting people for its cherry blossom viewing in later April.
The walkways are covered with pebbles and offer an unobstructed view of the sky. The 'Heart-Cleansing Path', the wide, straight approach from the gate, will give you a breezy, uplifting moment. Among major highlights are the imposing Goeido Hall, a majestic 36m-tall 5-story pagoda, the main hall and a structure housing Kannon (goddess of mercy) images.
PurposeFestivals,elderly,world heritage,family,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 36.5km) Google Transit
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4.02 months ago
I had a brief visit in the evening, and it was already closing time for the temple. The main temple was closed, but entry to the surrounding was allowed and I fully appreciate that.
The unique designs and architecture of the temples are well preserved and still intact for the public to visit. The area inside is very large with lots of other small temples and statues. The atmosphere within temple was very peaceful.
My favorite structure is the huge wooden entry gate. It has got a unique design and amazing traditional architecture.
5.02 months ago
If I could give this 10 stars I would. Hands down the best Temple I have ever been to. Even though much of the site was closed due to renovations we still don't around 3-3.5 hours exploring. Absolutely stunning.
5.02 weeks ago
We were very lucky with our timing of our visit as we were able to witness part of the floral tribute ceremony for emperor Uda, the founder, which is held every year at Shinden. This allowed us to view some truly beautiful flower arrangements, as we walked around the 'school'. The gardens were very well thought out and gave off a tranquil atmosphere, we could easily spend the day sat looking at nothing in particular, truly relaxing. We also got to hear some amazing Buddhist mantra as we paid visit to the different temples, it was unlike anything I have heard before.
5.02 months ago
Tons of things to see and do at this temple. Went during cherry blossom season 2019 and there is a fair amount of construction on many parts but it is still worth it. Just walking around the temple floors and seeing all the rooms the buddhist monks also spent so much time in was inspiring. Why do I not have a open zen like garden space in the middle of my house or in the backyard? I don’t know but now I want to change that. A mental bath. Enjoy.
5.04 months ago
Thank you for not putting the temple seal behind a ticketed paywall. The temple grounds are expansive and actively used. By chance I was treated to seeing a procession of monks which was an interesting sight.
The signs explaining terminology were super helpful and made the experience that much more meaningful! Great place!
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Ninnaji Temple is located in the northern part of Kyoto , about 20 minutes from Kinkakuji Temple, Golden Pavilion, with a beautiful five story pagoda and other old Japanese buildings. It is beautiful with cherry blossoms in spring. Cherr...
Ninnaji Temple is located in the northern part of Kyoto , about 20 minutes from Kinkakuji Temple, Golden Pavilion, with a beautiful five story pagoda and other old Japanese buildings. It is beautiful with cherry blossoms in spring. Cherry blossoms here come out later than other places in Kyoto . When you miss them, why not visit this temple. You may enjoy beautiful blossoms.Read moreClose