Ninna-ji Temple

Area West
Category Temple / World Heritage


Ninna-ji Temple is the head temple of the Omuro school of Shingon sect of Buddhism. the temple is located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City(northwest Kyoto) and not far from Ryoan-ji Temple, one of the UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. the temple was established in 888, early Heian period, as a chokugan-ji Temple (temples established by direct orders from Emperor) on the order of Emperor Koko. in 886 retired Emperor Uda became the first "Monzeki" (abbot of the temple). from then on until the end of the Edo period, the position of head priest was always taken by a member of the imperial lineage. Ninnaji is famous for its cherry blossom, about 200 double-flowered cherry trees named "Omuro-Zakura"(Omuro cherry). the cherry trees are in full bloom after 4/20, late during the hanami season, and known as a late bloomer. Ninna-ji Temple has been designated an UNESCO world heritage site.


(L) After exiting the nearest station, the Nio-mon Gate (Gate of Deva) of Ninna-ji Temple comes into sight.
(C) Passing through the Nio-mon Gate. The second gate is far ahead… This is a big temple.
(R) The second gate Cyu-mon Gate (中門).



Walking around the grounds and the garden. The greenery is refreshing.


five-storied pagoda (五重の塔) seen over the "Omuro-zakura". Visitors will enjoy cherries in full blossom in the spring.

Address 33 OmuroOuchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 616−8092, Japan
Tel 075-461-1155
Open 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Admission ■Goten
500yen - Adult
300 yen - Elementary and Junior High School Students
Access 1 minute walk from Keifuku Omuro-Ninnaji Station
City Bus Stop Omuro-Ninnaji

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