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33 Omuroōuchi · interesting places nearby
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.