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Ninna-ji Temple

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Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-461-1155
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage...

Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage site. From over a thousand years ago, it has a deep co nection to the imperial family. Then, Ninna-ji is one of most famous temple which known for beautiful cherry blossoms, its wrapping up the end of the season in Kyoto - a town with many famous cherry trees.

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Old wooden temple - a historic monument to see!

When visiting Kyoto you have a great choice to see temples and shrines but this one is very special and has a nice park around. Not far away you can have Endo-Tempura of the best!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting Kyoto you have a great choice to see temples and shrines but this one is very special and has a nice park around. Not far away you can have Endo-Tempura of the best!

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Kanazawa, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was turned down politely because I had my dog with me. However they said if I have had called them before my visit they may have been able to make some arrangements for us. I hope I can visit there next time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

but not enough. because not every day is sunshine. and each shrine or temple has an history. so maybe needs 1000 days to see all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Very peaceful and well preserved temple. I really enjoyed visiting this temple and spending time exploring it. Do arrive early. We were there during summer, it was really hot!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Ninna-ji Temple has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Completed in 888, the fourth year of the Ninna era, this temple has a wealth of history and was once know as the Omuro Imperial Palace. But most of the buildings have been reconstructed due to wars and fires and the oldest building now dates... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

By chance we stopped by at the Ninnaji as a lot of the tourists aboard the bus we rode got down here. This is a beautiful, well-preserved palace with a beautiful zen garden and vast grounds. Give yourself about three hours exploring the palace and the grounds. Palace entry fee is 400 yen but you get a small discount if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Quite a complex of building here with lots of openings to different aspects of the gardens. Can be very peaceful. Attractive viewing garden with pagoda in the background. Extensive outer gardens as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We were in Kyoto during peak Fall foilage season. We walked through Ninna-ji and it was quiet, uncrowded, and peaceful. Take your time and walk through this beautiful temple. Oh, it's free to walk on the grounds.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Seeing so many temples and gardens in Japan. This one has a big park and we couldn't get into to the temple. Overall it looks beautiful.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

“Omuro-Sakura” is special cherry tree. It is can't explain, please to see your eyes in fact. The end of a cherry blossoms season in Kyoto, you can see this beautiful and incredible scene. So sure you feel a happy!!

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