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[Facility] Ninna-ji Temple

[Hours] Mar to Nov: 9:00-17:00(Reception ends 16:30 ), Dec to Feb: 9:00-16:30(Reception ends 16:00)*Cherry blossom season: 8:30-17:00
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Equipped with Slopes
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
  • Stairs
Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple

Noted as a cherry blossom spot, this is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect. Emperor Koukou started construction of the temple and his successor Emperor Uda completed it in 888. When Emperor Uda retired from the throne, he became head priest at the Ninna-ji Temple. From then on, a succession of Imperial princes took up temple life, leading to the name "omuro gosho" (a reference to the palatial trappings of the temple) being applied to the temple. Set in some 90,000 square meters of grounds, the temple is dotted with halls that are national treasures and important cultural assets. In the southwest section of the grounds there is a magnificent garden and building (Goten). The temple was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1994.
Indeed, so beautiful is Ninna-ji Temple that it attracts many TV and movie crews wishing to use it as a location for their productions. In particular, passageway scenes for the 2010 movie The Lady Shogun and Her Men were filmed here, causing a stir among female visitors because of the popularity of the actress who stars in the movie.
To view the Goten building, steps have to be negotiated, so a helper will be necessary. Also, during the spring bloom viewing season, temple staff members are very busy, so the provision of assistance may be difficult. Please contact in advance to find out what is possible. (Month checked: 2019.Jan, )

Location 33 Omuro Ouchi Ukyo-ku,Kyoto, 616-8092
Tel 075-461-1155
Fax 075-464-4070
Access City Bus Omuro Ninnaji Alight and short walk, JR Bus Omuro Ninnaji(For Tsuganoo・Shuzan) Alight and short walk, Randen Omuro-Ninnaji Sta.: Alight and walk 2min
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person: Free * Must present Disability Card
[Charge] Entry: Grounds are free (cherry blossom season: Adults, Snr High Sch students: ¥500, Elementary Sch & Jnr High Sch students: ¥200)/Goden: Adults, Snr High Sch students: ¥500, Elementary Sch & Jnr High Sch students: ¥300
[Group charge] Entry: Grounds are free (cherry blossom season: Adults, Snr High Sch students: ¥450, Elementary Sch & Jnr High Sch students: 1¥80)/Goden: Adults, Snr High Sch students: ¥450, Elementary Sch & Jnr High Sch students: ¥250
[Parking] 120 cars, 10 buses
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] None (however, there are public toilets beside Ninna-ji carpark [the charged one])
[Services] 2 wheelchairs available/Assistance provided by staff/Staff or volunteers provide guided tours/Multi-lingual pamphlet
[Areas where shoes are forbidden] None (please wipe wheelchair tires if you wish to tour the Goden hall)

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Kuromon gate

Kuromon gateAfter passing through the Higashimon east gate, wheelchair users should go to the admission booth on the right (if unmanned, go to the Omuro Kaikan Hall opposite), tell staff that you want to visit the Garan hall, the staff will open the Kuromon gate (photo) for you. This route bypasses steps enabling wheelchair users to reach the Garan hall. Note that the path is an uphill one until you reach the Kondo main hall.

Omuro cherry trees

Omuro cherry treesWith the coming of spring, Ninna-ji Temple grounds overflows with cherry blossoms - especially famed is the area on the south side near the Kannondo hall where Omuro cherry trees that stand only two or three meters high have been delighting visitors with their late display of blooms for many, many years. On average, these trees bloom in mid April. However, note that during the spring season the grounds are crowded with visitors.

View spot for five-tier pagoda

View spot for five-tier pagodaThis is spot puts you right in front of the five-tier pagoda - an ideal place to grabs some shots of this looming structure, which was built at Ninna-ji Temple in 1644, and stands some 36 meters tall. An interesting architectural feature of this pagoda is that all the roofs of the tiers are almost the same size.

Niomon gate

Niomon gateThis impressive Japanese style gate, standing 18.7 meters tall, was built at the beginning of the Edo period. The gate gets its Niomon name from having Kongo Rikishi statues enshrined on the left and right sides of the gate on the road side. Once inside the gate, a straight, wide approach leads to the central gate and beyond to the Kondo main hall, which in turn has a beautiful green backdrop of forested hill slopes.

Slope at Honboometemon gate

Slope at Honboometemon gateThose visiting the Goten palace will need to go up a flagstone slope to the admission booth. Before this slope, there is a five-to-ten-centimeter step with surrounding areas covered in gravel, which may trap wheelchairs, so assistance will be necessary.

Stairs at entrance to Goten hall

Stairs at entrance to Goten hallThe Goten hall admission booth is at the top of five steps (each 15 to 20 centimeters high). Also, inside the palaces there are steps and uneven areas, so anyone who has trouble walking will need assistance. An indoor wheelchair can be borrowed at reception. You may use your own wheelchair but you will need to put a cover on for use indoors and care taken about the surroundings, such as walls and pillars.

Goten hall

Goten hallThe group of building, with the Shinden hall at its heart, in the southwest of the grounds is known as the Goten hall. Once passed the admission booth, the hall contains partition painting by some of the masters of modem Japanese-style painting as a well as an exquisitely simple south garden decked in white fine gravel and north garden with pond and miniaturized mountain vista. So there is plenty to see at your leisure. Note that between the Kuro-shoin room and Reimeiden hall there is a stairway of six steps to be negotiated.

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