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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5.02 months ago
Probably, it won’t be the first choice to visit in Kyoto, but i recommend this temple. It’s very unique, especially people who like to hike.
1. There is Five-stories pagoda. You can see in very close and not many people around compared to Toji or Yasaka.
2. There is a big Japanese garden with Sakura
3. There is mini-Shikoku’s 88 sacred place. You can pray(trail) there about few hours. Starting point next to (west side) Ninnaji temple.
4. There is famous hill near the temple. It’s called Narabigaoka(双ヶ丘). To the summit is about 20min, and you can see nice view from the top.
4.0a year 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.
5.08 months ago
Pretty shrine with famous late blooming cherry orchard that's very busy in spring. They cultivate a particular breed of cherry tree that blooms later than others so if you're visiting in Spring and miss the first wave then this place may well be in peak bloom. As such it can get very busy but its manageable, there are a number of bus stops that service this shrine. A good tip is to walk a little up the bus route so you get on the bus before the shrine stop, this gives you a better chance of getting on the bus. Highly recommended.
5.0a year 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!
4.011 months ago
Come right after opening, so there's almost no one. It's huge entrance (Nio-mon Gate) has these statues which are vert impressive. There's an entrance fee for 3 different parts if you want to see the Pagoda go for the middle price, the higer includes the museum and we all know they never explain a lot in English. I didn't get to see the Pagoda because the receptionist didn't mention it for the second pricing.
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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