Founded during the Heian period, Ninna-ji has more than 1,000 years of history. The temple traditionally has a strong connection to the Japanese imperial family, with many of the head priests over the centuries being the sons of reigning emperors.

The main hall is recognized as a National Treasure of Japan, while most of the other buildings — including the five story pagoda — are recognized as Important Cultural Properties.

The grounds of the temple are known for their meticulously raked zen gardens.

Admission for the gardens and palace are ¥500 for adults, with concessions for high school, junior high school and elementary school aged children. Entry to the Reiho-kan museum is an additional ¥500.

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