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February 1, 2013


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This blog is currently on hiatus and will not be updated until further notice.

We hope that you will enjoy the archived posts! There is a wealth of knowledge available here about the temple!

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Annual Fire Training & Drill

January 23, 2013


Fire Drill & Training

 An action-packed shot from today’s fire training & drill!

This morning monks from the temple as well as members of the Kyoto Fire Department participated in a fire drill at Kondo Hall.

Fire is a very serious danger at historical sites like Ninnaji and it is important for people on site to be trained and familiar with what to do in an emergency. Members of the office staff as well as monks from the temple participate in this training event every year.

Training includes everything from how to perform CPR to practice using firefighting equipment including fire extinguishers and fire hoses.


Along with many children from the nearby elementary school, the major of Kyoto city (seen above in kimono) was present to watch over the event!

京の冬の旅 Winter Travels in Kyoto

January 9, 2013

Winter Travels


Ninna-ji will be participating in “Kyo no Fuyu no Tabi” (Winter Travels in Kyoto) this year!

From January 10th to March 18th you can enjoy a special a chance to see the inside of Main Hall (Kondo) and the Five-Storied Pagoda! You can see the insides of both of these buildings for 600 yen! This is a very special opportunity, these buildings are usually closed to visitors!

On  the following dates the Main Hall will not be open to visitors, in exchange you can see the Five Storied Pagoda for a lower price (300 yen):

1/23, 2/2・3・14・15、3/3・4

You can see what other temples are participating and what buildings will be open especially for this season on the official Kyo no Fuyu no Tabi homepage! (Japanese only)

New Year Seika Arrangement

January 3, 2013

New Years Arrangement Seik


A beautifully simple pine arrangement for the New Year.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013



Good wishes for the Year of the Snake from Ninna-ji Temple!

Renovations to Chokushi Gate are complete!

December 12, 2012


The brand new roof of the Chokushi Gate has been completed!

The scaffolding has been put away and the gate is visible again with its new and improved roof.



Beautiful isn’t it? The color will change over time, but for now the roof looks very new!

Here’s a close-up so you can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this renovation!



Ninnaji Temple is open to visitors from 9am to 4:30pm during the winter!

Bundle up and come see the refreshed Chokushi Gate!

Reihokan Is Open for Fall!

October 24, 2012

Reihokan , the temple’s museum, is open for fall until November 25th! There are many delicate items on display at the museum, so it is only open for approximately 4 months of the year (two months at a time) when the weather is most pleasant. If you miss it this time, be sure to try to make it for the spring session!