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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5.0a month 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.
5.05 months ago
It's a large area with several small temples, a five story pagoda, several large gates, and a palace & garden. Access to the grounds is free, the palace has a small fee to enter but it's worth it. This place is a lot more quiet, less touristy and also has a nice forest area right next to it. Maybe it won't wow like Kinkakuji, but it's nice to walk around and there's still many really photogenic spots around
4.09 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.
4.06 months ago
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.
5.04 months ago
This place is living history! Strongly recommend if you’re interested in Japanese culture, history and especially the Heian-kyo period. It might not be as spectacular as the famous temples nearby but if you’re doing sightseeing in the area it’s worth a visit!
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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