founded in 888, ninna-ji temple (仁和寺) serves as the head temple of the omuro school of shinto buddhism. because ninna-ji temple’s head priest is a member of the imperial family, this world heritage site is also called omuro gosho (御室御所). located in the northwestern part of kyoto, it is best to visit ninna-ji during the fall or spring.
if you have the chance, visit this world heritage site when its unique species of cherry blossoms, omuro sakura, are in bloom. these trees are unique due to their lower height and branches that are very low to the ground.
like most gardens in japan, this was a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. if you get here early, you can make a great day out of it. you can visit ninna-ji, then ryoan-ji (龍安寺), and finally kinkaku-ji (金閣寺). i recommend all three sites. :)
many of the areas in ninna-ji temple are free admission, but the garden that you see photographed in this article requires a 500 yen admission ticket. you can also buy an 800 yen ticket that has admission to the museum, but there’s no english and no photography is allowed; though the tapestries are very nice. buying the combination ticket saves you 150 yen.
depending on where you are in kyoto, you can take bus 59 or if you are in kyoto station take bus 26. the closest train station is omuro ninna-ji station (御室仁和寺), but getting there can be complicated depending on where you are coming from.
my favorite few:
around the main entrance:
the temple garden:
by the main hall:
video of the temple’s garden:
map of the location:
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