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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4.0in the last week
Great place to see! Would give 5 if they had a mass payment option to see everything instead of multiple pay to see spots. I would have gladly paid for all of them at one cashier.
4.03 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.
4.04 weeks ago
It was so peaceful and calm. I loved this place. Why 4 stars? They were doing renovation during my visitation and didnt get the full effect.
5.03 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.
5.0a month 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.
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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