Sightseeing in Kyoto

A World Heritage Site "NINNA-JI Temple," famous for the Omuro cherry blossom in the spring and for the tunnel of autumnal leaves in the fall! Introducing the highlights such as the Golden Pavilion (Kondo), the Five-story Pagoda (Gojunoto), and the garden. 【2016 information on the best time to see the autumnal leaves】

The garden of the Goten (palace) in NINNAJI Temple

The garden of the Goten (palace) in NINNAJI Temple
Among the many temples designated as the World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, "KINKAKU-JI Temple "is a world famous sightseeing spot. Near KINKAKU-JI Temple, there are other famous temples such as RYOAN-JI Temple and NINNA-JI Temple.

Introduced here is NINNA-JI Temple, a historic temple founded during the Heian period, which is famous for Omuro cherry blossoms which blooms the last in Kyoto. People also enjoy the colors of autumnal leaves in the fall. Inside the temple precincts, there are beautiful gardens that attract people's hearts and many buildings that are named as National Treasure of Japan or Important Cultural Treasure of Japan.

What is "Omuro Cherry Blossom" that attracts many visitors in the spring?
How beautiful are the autumn leaves that turn bright red in the temple precincts and the gardens?
How beautiful are the gardens, North Garden and South Garden, that attract people's hearts?

This article will introduce the highlights of this -Temple that many people visit throughout the year.

Article of Kyoto "NINNA-JI Temple" -Contents-

1,Basic and useful information of NINNA-JI Temple
2,The Map of NINNA-JI Temple precinct
3,Introducing the highlights of the World Heritage Site NINNA-JI , including the information of Golden Pavilion, Five-story Pagota, and the gardens!
4,Introducing the beauty of Omuro cherry blossoms that bloom the latest in Kyoto!
5,Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful "tunnel of autumnal leaves" in the fall!
6,2016 Information of the best time to view the NINNAJI Temple autumnal leaves
7,Viewing NINNA-JI Temple with Google street view
8,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.
9,Access information to Kyoto NINNA-JI Temple
10,Parking information
11,Recommended information around NINNA-JI Temple

1,Basic and useful information of NINNA-JI Temple

Basic information


Name: World Heritage Site Ninna-ji Temple
Name in English: NINNA-JI Temple
Prefecture: Kyoto
Area: Kyoto city area(NINNAJI Temple・RYOANJI Temple area)
Postal code: 616-8092
Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel: 075-461-1155
Closed day: none (It is open throughout the year.)


・March - November /9:00 〜 17:00 ※admission until 16:30
・December - February /9:00 〜 16:30 ※admission until 16:00

●Reiho-kan ※Open only in Spring and Fall

・Spring: April through May(until the fourth Sunday)
・Fall: October though November 23rd

9:00 〜 16:30

●Special entrance to Galan ※Omuro Cherry tree

・Spring: Omuro cherry blossom season

8:30~admission until 17:00

Admission fee:


Adult/500 yen
Junior high・elementary school students/300 yes

●Reiho-kan ※Limited days

Adult/500 yen
Junior high school student/300 yen
Elementary school student/Free

●Special admission to Galan ※During cherry blossom season

Adult/500 yen
Junior high school student・Elementary school/200 yen

Parking:Available (toll parking)

※Parking is located on the East side of NINNA-JI Temple. (Pay parking with charge)
※Standard size car: space available for 100/500 yen

Official website:http://www.ninnaji.or.jp/

Useful information

Within 10 minutes' walking distance from the nearest station: ◯
Credit card: No
Occasion: Friends/Date/Family/Alone/Group
Foreign language speaking staff: Unknown
Free Wi-Fi: Unknown
Average spending time: about one hour or more~
Other useful information:

・It is a very famous and popular place for "Omuro Cherry Blossoms" that bloom the latest in Kyoto area during the cherry blossom season in the spring.
・During the autumn season, many people visit here to enjoy the beautiful "tunnel of autumnal colored leaves" that leads to the golden palace Kondo.
・It is very crowded during the spring and autumn seasons, it is recommended that you reserve enough time to stay and enjoy.
・A large scale repair of Kannon-do and others will take place between December 2012〜March 2018.

Please check here for details on NINNAJI Temple's large scale repair

2,Map of NINNA-JI Temple precincts

Map of NINNAJI Temple precincts
Quote: NINNA-JI Temple official website/http://www.ninnaji.or.jp/precincts.html

List of famous buildings in NINNA-JI Temple precincts

●Kondo, the golden pavilion/National Treasure
●Gojunoto, five-story pagoda/Important Cultural Property
●Kannondo /Important Cultural Property ※under repair construction
●Niomon/Important Cultural Property
●Chumon/Important Cultural Property
●Mieido/Important Cultural Property
●Shoro /Important Cultural Property
●Kyozo /Important Cultural Property
●Kyushomyojin/Important Cultural Property
●Omurozakura, Omuro cherry tree
・Chokushimon, the gate
・Shiro shoin, the white shoin
・Kuro shoin, the black shoin
・Ryokakutei/Important Cultural Property
・Hitotei/Important Cultural Property
・Kita-niwa, the north garden
・Minami-niwa, the south garden

Please refer to the links below for the map of recommended sightseeing routes in NINNAJI Temple.

Download here for NINNAJI Temple precincts route map (PDF)

Download here for the NINNA-JI Temple Goten (PDF)

3,Highlights of World Heritage Site NINNA-JI Temple such as Kondo (golden pavilion) , Gojunoto (five story pagoda), and the gardens!


Introducing here are the highlights of NINNA-JI Temple, designated as a World Heritage Site.

NINNA-JI Temple, closely related to the Imperial Family, was founded by Emperor Uda during the Japanese classical Heian period in 888. It is said that they named the temple NINNA-JI because the name of that era was "NINNA". This temple was used for the Imperial Family residence that it was also called "Omuro Gosho (the Imperial Palace in Omuro)"

In the NINNA-JI Temple precincts which experienced the long history since the Japanese classical period, there are many important cultural properties such as Japanese National Treasure "Kondo (golden pavilion)", "Niomon (two kings' gate)", and "Gojunoto (five story pagoda)". Furthermore, we cannot forget the garden in the Goten (Palace). The garden consisting of North garden and South garden will catch everyone's hearts with its elegantly beautiful view.

When you visit NINNA-JI Temple, please make sure you see these historic buildings and the beautiful garden.

Photos of NINNA-JI Temple precinct, Kondo, Gojunoto, and Niomon

Here are the photos of buildings designated as National Treasure and Important Cultural Property located in the NINNA-JI Temple precinct

●Kondo (National Treasure)

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The photo above is the National Treasure "Kondo."

●Niomon(Important Cultural Property)

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The photo above is "Niomon (gate of two kings) that is located in a unique place, along the road. This is also designated as an Important Cultural Property.

●Gojunoto (Important Cultural Property)

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The photo above is the "Gojunoto (five story pagoda)" which is a very unique building in NINNA-JI Temple.

Introducing the "Goten (palace)" with its beautiful garden consisting of "North Garden" and "South Garden."

Here we introduce the "Goten (palace)," which is very popular for its beautiful appearance among the places in NINNA-JI Temple, with photos.

●Goten Kairo


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The photo above is "Goten Kairo."

●Inside Shinden

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The photo above is inside the "Shinden" whit luxuriant decoration.



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The photo above is the beautiful "garden" many people are very impressed with in Goten.
The views in the North garden and the South garden are different and both are very beautiful place with special atmosphere.
As we have seen above, there are many historic buildings in the NINNA-JI Temple precinct that many tourists visit to see them every year.

Goshuin in NINNA-JI

Lastly, we would like to introduce Goshuin in NINNA-JI Temple.

●Goshuin (red stamps)

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The NINNA-JI Temple Goshuin-cho (stamp books) is available. Please see the official NINNA-JI Temple website to see the designs of the Goshuin-cho for your reference.

See here for the designs of NINNAJI Temple Goshuin-cho

4,Introducing the beauty of Omuro Cherry Blossoms that bloom the last in Kyoto during the spring cherry blossom season!


"The cherry blossom that blooms the last in Kyoto"

As you may have heard already, the Omuro-zakura (Omuro 's cherry tree) in NINNA-JI Temple is very famous for blooming after the typical Japanese "Somei-yoshino" cherry blossoms pass away.

"Omuro Cherry Blossoms" are one of the most famous things in NINNA-JI Temple, and during the season, the blossoms brighten up the precincts. Many people visit to see these beautiful blossoms and the temple is very crowded every spring.

Introducing is the beautiful "Omuro Cherry Blossoms" with photos.

Omuro-zakura cherry blossoms of NINNA-JI Temple

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Shown in the photos above are Omuro cherry blossoms, and the low height of the tree is the characteristic of Omuro cherry trees. It is very wonderful that Omuro cherry blossoms can be captured in the photo with Gojunoto five-story pagoda because of the low height of the trees.

How about visiting NINNA-JI Temple after enjoying the "Somei Yoshino" cherry blossoms to see the latest blooming "Omuro cherry blossoms" in Kyoto next spring?

5,Fall is the season for enjoying the beautiful view of "tunnel of autumn colored leaves"!

NINNA-JI Temple is very famous for "Omuro Cherry Blossoms" in the spring, but we cannot forget the beautiful autumn season!

In the autumn, NINNA-JI Temple is very popular for the beautiful autumnal colored leaves starting from those on the cherry trees to the red leaves on maple trees.

We would like to introduce this beautiful autumnal colored leaves.

The autumnal colored leaves at NINNA-JI Temple

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The passage from Nakamon (middle gate) to Kondo (golden pavilion) becomes a tunnel of bright red leaves in the autumn.

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A view of the leaves that turned red in the precincts.

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In the garden in Goten (palace), the beautiful red color of the leaves stand out creating an amazing view.

As you can see, we can enjoy the beautiful view here, not only in the spring but also in the autumn season with the beautiful colored leaves.
Soon, the season of the autumnal colored leaves are coming.

We hope that everyone would check the information of the NINNA-JI Temple and visit to see the beautiful colored leaves at the best timing.

6,2016 Information of the best time to view the NINNAJI Temple autumnal leaves

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We would like to introduce the NINNA-JI Temple information of the 2016 autum colored leaves,.including the forecast for the best time to see the colored leaves.

2016 Forecast of the NINNA-JI Temple autumnal colored leaves

Every year at NINNA-JI Temple, leaves usually start changing their colors in the middle of November, and the colors of the leaves are at their best in the beginning of December. The forecast for 2016 is as below. During this season, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful autumnal colored leaves in the precincts and in the garden.

Forecast for the best timing to see the NINNA-JI Temple autumn leaves in 2016
Mid November 〜 Early December

Other information about NINNA-JI Temple autumnal leaves

NINNA-JI Temple is a very famous place for the autum leaves that many people would assume that there will be nightly lighting up, but there is no lighting up performed at this point.
※This information is as of fall 2015.

7,Google street view of NINNA-JI Temple

We can see how NINNA-JI Temple precincts look using Google street view.

The view of NINNA-JI precincts

You can view how the National Treasure "Kondo (golden pavilion) and the surroundings look using Google street view.

8,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial department

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Among the many temples in Kyoto, "NINNA-JI Temple" is a must-see.
The reasons are clear if you have read the information above.

NINNA-JI Temple is a very luxurious place where we are able to experience not only the history of NINNA-JI Temple with the historic buildings but also the seasonal beauty of "Omuro Cherry Blossoms " in the spring and the "autumnal colored leaves" in the fall.

As EnjoyJapan!, we would like to make a special note on the exceptionally beautiful garden in the Goten (palace).

You will surely be very impressed when you visit both the North Garden and the South Garden.
If you are visiting Kyoto for sightseeing, please add "NINNA-JI Temple" to your list for the fascinating experiences.

9,Access information to Kyoto NINNA-JI Temple

Postal code: 616-8092
Addres: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel: 075-461-1155
Closed day: None (Open throughout the year)

・Get off at Randen (Keifuku Dentetsu) Kitano line "Omuro NINNAJI" station, and walk about 3 minutes.
・Get off at JR Sagano line "Hanazono" station and walk about 15 minutes.
・Get off at JR Sagano line "Enmachi" station, take Kyoto city bus #26 and get off at "NINNAJI Temple."

10,NINNA-JI Temple parking information

There are parking lots at NINNA-JI, the locations are listed below.

●Toll parking lots available on the East side of NINNA-JI Temple precinct.

【About parking lots】

Parking lots at NINNA-JI Temple require payments.
Parking lots will fill up fast during the cherry blossom season spring and during the season of autumnal colored leaves in the fall. It is recommended that the visitors use public transportation such as train and bus.

Parking fee: 500 yen
Available parking lots: 100 cars

See here for the details of the NINNA-JI Temple parking

11,Recommended information around NINNAJI Temple

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