Ninna-ji Temple is an old historic temple with the history more than 1,900 years which was founded for 888 years by the Emperor Uda.
And this temple has been designated as the Michelin green guide ★ and the World Heritage List as part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.
In addition, Ninna-ji Temple was the Monseki-jiin (temples of the high class) where a connection with the Imperial Family was deep and was called “Omuro-Gosho(Omuro Imperial Palace)”.
Therefore a building and a garden of the precincts in this temple are made very luxuriously.
Today Ninna-ji Temple is the main temple of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism.
- About World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
- About Ninna-ji Temple
- 白書院(Shiro-Shoin) and 南庭(South Garden) : pay area
- 宸殿(Shinden) and 北庭(North Garden) : pay area
- Other highlight : free area
- Goshuin of Ninna-ji Temple
- How to get to Ninna-ji Temple
17 places of temples and shrines of Kyoto are designated in ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’.
↓Details of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” is here.↓
Ninna-ji (仁和寺 Ninna-ji) is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. Located in western Kyoto, Japan, it was founded in AD 888 by the retired Emperor Uda. It is part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto“, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ninna-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 886, Emperor Kōkō ordered the construction of the Nishiyama Goganji Temple to bless the nation and propagate Buddhist teachings, but he did not live to see its completion. Emperor Uda saw the construction to its completion in 888 and named it “Ninna” after the regnal year of the late Emperor Kōkō’s reign. From 888 to 1869 it was traditional for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.
Open：9:00~17:00(March ~ November), 9:00~16:30(December ~ February)
Admisson Fee：500 yen(high school students or older),300 yen(middle school students or younger)
Adress：33, Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8092, Japan
This is the Nio-mon gate(Deva gate) which is the entrance of this temple.
It is one of the three big gates of Kyoto and has been designated as an important cultural property.
This gate was erected in the Kanei era(1624 ~ 1643) year by Iemitsu Tokugawa who was the third shogun of Tokugawa shogunate government.
■Youtube：仁和寺 南庭(Nantei(South Garden) of Ninnaji-temple)
The sand called the Shirakawa sand is spread all over the garden neatly.
In addition, We can look at the Chokushi-mon Gate (gate for Imperial Envoys) and the Nio-mon Gate (Deva Gate) from South Garden.
■Youtube：仁和寺 北庭(Hokutei(North Garden) of Ninnaji-temple)
This is the 中門(Cyumon) leading to main hall of a Buddhist temple and Five Storeyed Pagoda.
This gate is an important cultural property of the countries, and it is said that it was built in about 1645.
The 経蔵（Kyozo） which is the important cultural property of the country was built in about 1645.
The rotary bookshelf of the octahedron called “八角輪蔵(Hakkakurinzo)” is put in the inside of this building.
Ninna-ji Temple has a dorter which is called 御室会館(Omuro Kaikan), and a general person can stay there.
There are three types of the room.
The hotel guest can get a free visit ticket of Ninna-ji Temple.
In addition, we can join a work of the morning of the priest.
(We can enter the main hall of a Buddhist temple of the national treasure which we usually cannot enter.)
The room reservation is possible from a homepage or a telephone(+81-75-464-3664).
Restroom and bath：Shared
Amenity：Yukata, face towel, toothbrush set, conditioner in shampoo, body soap
Wifi：available in a lobby
|including two meals
[with dinner and breakfast included]
|11,000 yen||8,900 yen|
including one meals
|7,200 yen||6,600 yen|
|not including meals||6,200 yen||5,600 yen|
■御室会館(Omuro Kaikan) *Japanese text only
The room is not so different from a common inn. (○´艸｀)
We can get more than one Goshuin(shrine seal or stamp) in Ninna-ji Temple.
This time, I got two typical Goshuin.
The first Goshuin is the Goshuin which is writing in black ink of “阿弥陀如来(the Amitabha)” who is a principal idol of Ninna-ji Temple.
We can get this in a copied sutra place in front of the main hall of a Buddhist temple.
The second Goshuin is the Goshuin which is writing in black ink of “旧御室御所(Old Omuro Imperial Palace)”.
A red seal is a crest of a noble family of the chrysanthemums which is a crest of a noble family of the Imperial Family.
We can get this in Imperial Palace area.
●World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
The nearest station of Ninna-ji Temple is Keifuku Railway Kitano Line Omuro-Ninnaji Station.
It is about 3-minutes walk from the station.
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