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Private Dinner with a Geisha
"This experience is a guided tour with a private dinner with one maiko. This is a truly private and authentic party arrangement with a privately arranged maiko for approximately two hours. This includes a guided tour and Japanese dinner course. You may choose from two options: a half Kaiseki course option in a room with others or a full Kaiseki cour or Kaiseki ryouri is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that came about originally when monks would ward off hunger with warm stones. Due to the half Kaiseki option being in a room shared with others voices from neighboring tables may be overheard. But there will still be one maiko with her undivided attention to the room.For the full Kaiseki course at the Japanese restaurant’s private room there will be one maiko there specifically for your room.Both half and full Kaiseki meal options will meet at 5pm at the Minamiza theater and will go on a guided tour of the geiko and maiko district. Then at around 6pm
From JPY16,000.00
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"The tour starts at 9am from the Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the JR Kyoto Station building. You are requested to select one of two different courses Northwest-bound course or the Southeast-bound course. The Northwest-bound course visits the Bamboo Grove the Rock Garden (Ryoanji Temple) the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle or the Nishiki Market. The Southeast-bound course visits the Sake Brewery the Fushimi Inari Taisha the Sanjusangendo Temple the Kiyomizudera Temple and the Ninenzaka or Sannenzaka Slope.Tour ends at 4pm near the Gion area
From JPY10,000.00
Nighttime Tour of Kyoto by Bus
"Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. This bus will pick you up from one of 5 designated starting points and take you to the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Five Story Pagoda of To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle as well as the Outenmon gate of Heian Jingu Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. The bus will also visit Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion district at the heart of this ancient city with Heian Jingu Shrine and Chion-in Temple specifically illuminating their shrine and temple especially for this tour! All of these locations are lit up in a beautiful fashion that highlight both the architecture and culture against the beautiful night """Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. The bus tour will take you around UNESCO World Heritage sites including To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle
From JPY2,100.00

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Ninna Ji

Established in 886 by the emperor Koko who died during its construction. It later become the home of the emperor Uda after he retired from imperial service. The temple sits in the northeast part of the city.

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Oct 30, 2015

Ninna Ji Temple

this temple is near by The Golden Pavilion temple, we take bus 206 from Golden Pavilion and stop infront of Ninna ji temple for having lunch just cross the temple and there is a train station nearby Randen Kitano line very short distance

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Nov 01, 2014

Ninnaji Temple.

Ninnaji Temple is the head temple of the Omuro School of Buddhism. It was founded in 888 by the Emperor Uda. Over the centuries a member of Japan's Imperial Family always acted as Ninnaji's head priest.

None of the original temple buildings survive today. They were all destroyed in wars or in fires. The temple's oldest remaining parts date back to the early 1600s. These include the main hall, the Kannon Hall, the front gate, the inner gate and the five storied pagoda.

The Goten in the southwestern corner of the temple complex was the former residence of the head priest. It is like a palace with wood panels, painted screen walls, sliding doors and rock gardens.

Ninnaji is famous for its late blooming cherry trees.

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May 06, 2014

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple is a historically important temple in northwest Kyoto. The temple was founded in 888 AD, but was destroyed during the Onin War in 1467. The temple was rebuild in the early 1600s, and most of the current buildings date from this period, including the Golden Hall, a National Treasure of Japan. For nearly 1,000 years, Emperors of Japan of sent their sons to become priests at Ninnaji, the last at the end of the Edo Period.

In 1994, Ninnaji became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site called "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto."

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Oct 07, 2013
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Emporer's Summer palace (Ninna-ji)

The emperor maintained a residence at Ninna Ji. the temple is free but there is an admission for the summer palace. I highly recommend it as I believe the zen rock garden in the palace far outshines Ryoan Ji.

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Jun 18, 2012

Ninnaji Temple

The original temple, founded in 888, was used as a residence for the ex-emperor, so Ninnaji Temple is also known as the Old Imperial Palace of Omuro. The current temple was rebuilt in the 17th century, and the Shiro-Shoin (the temple area with the garden) was rebuilt in 1890. The temple complex is actually similar to that of Daigoji Temple in southeastern Kyoto. Like Daigoji, Ninnaji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for those who are interested in visiting these sites.

Although I would not make a special trip to come here, Ninnaji is conveniently located along the same road as Ryoanji and Kinkakuji Temple, so it is not at all out of the way. Also, it tends to be less crowded than many of the other sites in Kyoto, so it may be a refreshing place to visit. Ninnaji Temple is particularly beautiful in the autumn and spring. The Niumon Gate is arguably the most impressive part of the temple, due to its large size.

Entry to the temple is free however, the entrance fee to the Shiro-Shoin and Omuro Palace is 500 yen.

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Feb 10, 2009

Ninnanji temple

This can be done together with the ginkakuji temple and nanzenji temple. It's all along the same road. Once inside the main gate, there is a ticket counter: one ticket which includes the palace and msueum and another ticket which is for palace only. We took the second ticket. basically, you just walk around the house. There's a nice rock garden, and a beautiful normal garden.

The main gates have the door gods by the side. When you enter the main gate, don't step on the raised wood, you're supposed to step over it.

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Feb 01, 2007

Ninnaji Temple

Since its foundation by Emperor Uda in 888 A.D., the Temple has been known as Omuro Palace, since the head priests of the Temple were tonsured sons of the imperial family until the Meiji Restoration (1869).

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Kyoto is full of temples. Most...

Kyoto is full of temples. Most tourists love Kinkakuji, but my favorite is Nina-ji.
It is very peaceful and has a beautiful garden
Photo by Frantisek Staud.

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Aug 26, 2002


We didn't really go in to Ninna-ji (UNESCO listed) coz we're behind schedule and there's entrance fee...
Anyway the gate itself is quite interesting with statues of 2 Guardians (Nio), Ungyo and Agyo.

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Jun 26, 2009

Things to Do Near Kyoto

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Kyoto Aquarium

The Kyoto Aquarium opened on March 14, 2012 making it one of the city's newest attractions. It features exhibits of Kyoto's aquatic fish, Japan's giant salamanders, seals, penguins, crabs, and a...
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Museum of Kyoto

This small museum set in a Meji era building highlites the history of Kyoto along with hosting special exhibits. The museum is not worth going out of your way for but is worth a visit if you are in...
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Shosei-en Garden

Shosei-en was created in 1653 by a priest from Higashi Honganji Temple and belonged to the temple and was used as a detached residence. It was originally quite vast, extending all the way to the...
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Kyoto International Manga Museum

This museum houses a collection of manga (comic books) not only by Japanese authors/illustrators but international artists as well. Found TinTin comic books in French too! A good opportunity for kids...
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Kaleidoscope Museum

The Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum is a small but fun museum, especially if you have kids. Explanations are in English and Japanese, although most of the kaleidoscopes are easy to try on your own. There...
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Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a traditional shopping street in Central Kyoto, that has been here for centuries. It is said that the first shop here opened in 1311, and the area became a fish market in the 16th...
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