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Nisonin

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Address: 27 Saganisonin Monzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8425, Kyoto Prefecture
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Less crowded, no less beauty

A great temple hidden a bit further away from the main touristy spots. Very beautiful temple and surrounding nature, totally worth a 15 minute walk away from the crowds. Don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The joy of Nison-in is that nobody really seems to know about it. Most of Arashiyama's tourists never get much farther than the end of the Bamboo Forest, meaning places farther into the mountains are all but forgotten. I talked to some of the staff when visiting, and they did advise that November sees huge crowds due to the Momiji... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

If it wasn't under construction it might be lovely... But the overgrown gardens leave a lot to be desired. Still, I'd rate it average because it lies exactly in the middle of my experiences in Japanese temples! If you're there, stop by, but don't make a special trip.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

We stopped here on our tour of temples in Arashiyama and were underwhelmed. Despite being charged 500 yen, there were not signs in Japanese or English that warned about the main hall being completely inaccessible due to construction. The famous pair of statues were visible only as photos in a tent next door. Besides this there is a large graveyard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

We passed this quiet and seemingly unassuming temple on the way to another and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful temple nestled in a forest complete with great views of kyoto. Be sure to climb the mountain and take the forest passageway to the left. Absolutely stunning and we were the only people there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

A great temple hidden a bit further away from the main touristy spots. Very beautiful temple and surrounding nature, totally worth a 15 minute walk away from the crowds. Don't miss a nice lookout with great Kyoto views, it is a short walk up the mountain on the left.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

Nison-in is one of the many temples in the Arashiyama area. The temple was initiated by Emperor Saga in 834 AD. Nison-in (Temple of Two Deities) got its name because it houses two Kamakura-era Buddha statues (Shaka and Amida).The colours of the leaves were at their best when we were there on 24 November. The fall foliage in Nison-in and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

Nisonin is a lovely temple further up the hill from Tenryuji, about 15 minutes, and less crowded as a consequence. I'd hoped to see hydrangeas in flower while I was there, but it was a bit early and only a few were out. I think later in June the hydrangea garden would be pretty. There were a number of people... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

This temple is just ok... Not stellar but not bad. There isn't much to see and there isn't much in English so read up on it prior to going. From what I could tell, the best time to see this temple is during the fall when the leaves are changing (there were tons of photos of it during the fall... More 

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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