The temple of Ninna-ji was built at the end of the 9th century. At first it was Monseki-jiin, which also served as the residence of a member of the Imperial family who had entered the priesthood. Presently, this temple is the center of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism. Although much of it was destroyed by fire in the internal strife of the 15th century, it was rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century with buildings moved here from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, the residence of the Emperor. The buildings moved here from the Imperial Palace include the Kon-do, a hall designated as a National Treasure, and the Mikage-do, a hall designated as an Important Cultural Property. Other important Cultural Properties designated by the national government include the Nio-mon (a gate with Buddhist images on either side) and the five-storied pagoda. The Reiho-kan, a building housing treasures, contains such cultural properties as sculptures, paintings, and ancient documents. Also housed here is the seated figure of the Amida-Nyorai Buddha, who presides over paradise (the beautiful place to which, according to Buddhist belief, people go after they die), which is the focus of the religious worship at the temple. The temple is also famous as a place for viewing cherry blossoms during the spring.
Address: 33, Omuro-ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 500 yen (regular fee) Cherry blossom viewing: 500 yen
Reiho-kan (Treasury Hall): 500 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/40-min. ride/Omuro-Ninna-ji Stop/1-min. walk