Highlights and access methods of Ninna-ji Temple (Kyoto Prefecture)

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Ninna-ji is a temple founded in 888 by Emperor Uda, and its grounds are home to a multitude of valuable buildings. It's renowned as a cherry blossom viewing spot in Kyoto, bustling with many tourists in spring. Particularly famous is the 'Omuro Sakura,' a variety of late-blooming cherry blossoms. Additionally, the temple lodgings located within the grounds are available for general public to stay.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Kyoto , Category : Temples)

Highlights of Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple was founded in 888 by Emperor Uda. Its precincts house precious architectural structures built during the Edo period, such as the five-story pagoda and the Nio-mon Gate. After Emperor Uda entered the priesthood and resided at Ninna-ji, and with successive generations of royal family members serving as temple heads up until the Meiji period, the temple was also known as the Omuro Imperial Palace.

The temple lodgings, "Omuro Kaikan," located within the grounds of Ninna-ji, are open to general visitors for accommodation. Traditional Kyoto-style Kaiseki cuisine is served for dinner and Shojin Ryori, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, is provided for breakfast. In addition, guests are invited to take part in the morning services held at the 'Golden Hall,' and can freely explore the temple grounds before they open to the general public in the early morning.

Ninna-ji is also renowned as a prime cherry blossom viewing spot in Kyoto. In spring, the temple's cherry blossoms come into full bloom, attracting many visitors. Additionally, there is a late-blooming cherry tree forest on the west side within the middle gate, known as "Omuro-zakura," designated as a national scenic beauty spot in the 13th year of the Taisho era. These trees are low in height, between 2m and 3m, allowing you to enjoy the cherry blossoms at a close distance.

Ninna-ji boasts beautiful gardens known as the "South Garden" and "North Garden," and it also houses the Reihokan Museum, which stores precious treasures. We encourage you to take your time and look around during the cherry blossom season in spring.

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Address and access method of Ninna-ji Temple

The address of Ninna-ji Temple is "33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture". The nearest station is Enmachi Station on the JR Sagano Line. Please transfer to the bus from the station and get off at Omuro Ninnaji. It's a short walk from the stop. Or Randen (Keifuku Electric Railway) Omuro-Ninnaji Station. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station.

Attractions near Ninna-ji Temple

Near Ninna-ji Temple, there are several other notable attractions in Kyoto that are worth visiting. Here are some popular sites in the surrounding area:

Ryoan-ji Temple
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryoan-ji Temple is famous for its Zen rock garden, which is considered one of the finest examples of karesansui (dry landscape) gardens in Japan. The temple also features a beautiful pond garden, offering a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for visitors.

Kinkaku-ji Temple
Also known as the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji is a must-see site in Kyoto. The temple's main hall is covered in gold leaf, creating a dazzling reflection on the surrounding pond. The lush gardens and beautiful architecture make it a popular destination for tourists.

Myoshin-ji Temple
A large temple complex, Myoshin-ji houses numerous sub-temples and beautiful Zen gardens. Visitors can take part in Zen meditation sessions and experience the serene atmosphere of this historic temple.

Toei Kyoto Studio Park
A unique attraction, this film studio doubles as a theme park where visitors can explore Edo-period style sets, watch live performances, and even dress up in historical costumes. It's a fun and interactive way to learn about Japan's history and culture.

A scenic area located along the Hozu River, Arashiyama is famous for its bamboo grove, Togetsukyo Bridge, and beautiful temples, such as Tenryu-ji. It's a perfect destination for a leisurely stroll, enjoying nature, and experiencing traditional Japanese culture.

Other information about Ninna-ji Temple

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )