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Nison-in Temple

二尊院(にそんいん)
Area West
Category Temple

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Nison-in temple is a Buddhist temple of Tendai sect, located in Sagano, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city. its Sango(honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple’s name) is “Ogura-yama”, and official name is “Ogura-yama Nison-kyo-in Kedai-ji”. The origin of the name, “Nison-in temple” comes from the two Buddhas worshipped as the principal images of this temple: “Shaka”(Buddha) and “Amida”(Amitabha Buddha) (both of them are considered important cultural property.) It is said to have been built around 834-847, under the instructions of the Emperor at that time.

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Somon-gate of Nison-in temple

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The entrance path, which runs in a straight line for 200m from the Somon-gate is called “Momiji no Baba” (Autumn leaf horse-riding ground), and is known as one of the best spots in the Arashiyama area for viewing the leaves changing color in the fall.

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Kara-mon gate(Chinese-style gate), at the end of the entrance path. Passing through it leads to the main temple.

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Hondo(the main hall)

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in the grounds of the temple

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One can enjoy the view of the garden from the inside of the main temple. This is a small but carefully arranged beautiful garden.

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From here, one can climb the small hill behind the Hondo.

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From the mountain, one can enjoy an unlimited view of the town below. It is a beautiful scenery.

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It is also famous as a spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in the spring.

Address 27 Saganisonin Monzen Chojincho, Kyoto city, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
京都府京都市右京区嵯峨二尊院門前長神町27
Tel 075-861-0687
Open 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Admission 500yen
Access 10 minute walk from City Bus Stop Saga Shakado-mae
15 minute walk from JR SagaArashiyama Station
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