sights / Religious

Ninna-ji information

Kyoto , Japan
33 Omuroōuchi
Getting there
Bus: Kyoto City bus 59 from Sanjo-Keihan to Omuro Ninna-ji, Kyoto City bus 26 from Kyoto Station to Omuro Ninna-ji
admission to Kondō hall ¥500, Reihōkan ¥500, grounds free
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mar-Nov, 9am-4.30pm Dec-Feb
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Few travellers make the journey all the way out to this sprawling temple complex, but most who do find it a pleasant spot. It’s certainly a good counterpoint to the crowded and more famous temples nearby. If you’re after something a bit off the beaten track in Northwest Kyoto, this temple may fit the bill.

Originally containing more than 60 structures, Ninna-ji was built in 888 and is the head temple of the Omuro branch of the Shingon school. The present temple buildings, including a five-storey pagoda , date from the 17th century. On the extensive grounds you’ll find a peculiar grove of short-trunked, multi-petalled cherry trees called Omuro-no-Sakura, which draw large crowds in April.

Separate admission fees (an additional ¥500 each) are charged for both the Kondō (main hall) and Reihōkan (treasure house), which are only open for the first two weeks of October.