Yet another sprawling temple compound in Northwest Kyoto, Ninna-ji Temple is a rarely visited temple that makes for long contemplative strolls.
image © Damien Douxchamps
Except for a few weeks during the spring when the Yae-zakura (eight-petalled cherries) are in bloom, Ninna-ji Temple is largely deserted. This is a shame, since there’s so much to see here, including a variety of lovely halls and a fine pagoda. It’s easily combine with a trip to nearby Ryoan-ji Temple and Myoshin-ji Temple.
33 Omuroouchi, Ukyo-ku
9am-5pm, last entry 4:30pm March-November
9am-4.30pm, last entry 4pm December-February
Admission to grounds: Free
Junior high and elementary school students: \300
High and junior high school students: \300
Elementary school students: Free
Non-smoking area: Yes
In front of Omuro Ninna-ji Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 59 from Sanjo Keihan or 26 from Kyoto Station
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