Ninnaji Temple

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Japanese script: 仁和寺
Area: Kyoto
Address: 33 Omuroouchi, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8092 [map]
Phone: 075-461-1155 075-461-1155
Access: 472 m from Omuro-Ninnaji Station Kitano Line (B5)
474 m from Ryōanji Station Kitano Line (B7)
0.6 km from Myōshinji Station Kitano Line (B6)
Hours: March-November: 09:00-17:00; December-February 09:00-16:30
Admission: Adults: ¥500
Website: http://www.ninnaji.or.jp/multilingual_in...

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.