Ninna-ji Temple has it all - an exquisite five-story pagoda, a massive main gate, delightful landscape gardens (with ponds, bridges, and old stones), raked gravel gardens, teahouses, and beautiful halls for prayer and residence. It is famous for its late-blooming cherry trees which draw hosts of admirers every year. It is a grand example of the natural harmony which marks so many Japanese Buddhist temples.
Originally a summer home for the Imperial Family, which sought to escape the summer heat of the centrally located palace, it was founded as a temple in 886 by the Emperor Koko, who died a year after. The Emperor Uda, who became its first head priest, completed the temple in 888. Afterwards, it became tradition for a member of the Imperial Family to act as head priest, a custom which lasted until 1867, when the Imperial household moved to Tokyo.
Ninna-ji Temple is a large complex, and one can happily spend several hours exploring the grounds and the priceless cultural artifacts in its treasure house Reiho-kan Hall.
* Address: 33 Omuro-dairi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
* Tel.: +81-(0)75-461-1155
* Fax.: +81-(0)75-464-4070
* Access: 15-minute walk from JR Hanazono Station on the JR Sagano Line
2-minute walk from Omuro-Ninnaji Station on the Randen Kitano Line
City Bus Stop Omuro-Ninnaji
* Open year round
* Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Mar to Nov.), 9:00 - 16:30 (Dec. to Feb.)
Reiho-kan Hall: 9:00 - 16:30 Open only Apr. to 4th Sunday of May, and Oct. to Nov. 23.
* Entrance fees: Adults: 500 yen,Junior High and Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Reiho-kan Hall: Adults: 500 yen, Junior and High School Students: 300 yen, Children: free