Staying Overnight at Ninna-ji

It is possible to stay on the temple grounds in a building called Omuro Kaikan Hall. Information about staying at the temple in Japanese can be found here, and in this post I will be explaining accommodation at Omuro Kaikan Hall in English. Foreign visitors are of course welcome to stay at Omuro Kaikan Hall, but please understand that English-speaking staff may not be available at all times during your stay.

By staying overnight at the temple you will have the special opportunity to attend the morning service with the monks in Kon-do. You will also be treated to a free pass to enter Goten, the palace area.
Morning Prayers

Omuro Kaikan Hall is located toward the eastern side of the temple grounds, it contains 12 guest rooms of various sizes and can be occupied by up to 66 people. All of the guest rooms are Japanese-style with tatami mats. The nightly rate for Omuro Kaikan Hall is dependant on the age and amount of guests, not on room size. Restrooms are separate from the guest rooms and are shared between guests of the same floor. All guests share one of two public bath facilities (separated by gender) with open showers on the first floor, there are no showers or baths in the guest rooms.

Room Sizes & Max Number of People per Room

4.5 Mat (~7m² or 24ft²) 1 Available 1 Person
8 Mat (~ 13m² or 42ft²) 4 Available 3 People
14 Mat(~ 22m² or 74ft²) 5 Available 7 People
16 Mat (~ 26m² or 85ft²) 1 Available 8 People
18 Mat (~ 29m² or 95ft²) 1 Available 10 People

All rooms include a television, refrigerator, air conditioner, and a safe.

Guest Room in Omuro Hall Guest Room in Omuro Hall

Amenities

Yukata, face towel, tooth-brush set, 2-in-1 shampoo-conditioner

There is body soap in the bathing area. Hair dryers can be borrowed from the front desk.
Bathing Facility in Omuro Hall

Check in From 16:00
Check out 9:00
Gate Closes 23:00
Dinner 18:00 / 18:30
Breakfast 7:30
Parking Free (space for 10 vehicles)
Restrooms Shared by guests of same floor
Bathing Facilities 1st floor, 1 large and 1 small

Rates

Middle school students and up are considered adults. Elementary school children qualify for child rates, children under elementary school age stay free. There is no nightly fee for small children, but upon request, bedding (¥2,100), dinner (¥2,000), and/or breakfast (¥800) for small children can be provided at the prices listed.

Options Adult Child
One night, dinner & breakfast included ¥9,500 ¥7,500
One night, breakfast only ¥6,000 ¥5,500
One night, no meals ¥5,200 ¥4,700

※All prices include tax.

Please note that the meals served at Omuro Kaikan Hall are Japanese cuisine, but are not vegetarian. You will be treated to Kyoto cuisine, which includes fish and occasionally meat. You can see some sample photographs and read about the meals served at Omuro Kaikan  Hall in this post.

Availability

Please contact the temple using this online form for information about availability.

You may also refer to this page for availability for stays within the next few months. This page should be used only for gauging the general availability of rooms, contact Omuro Kaikan Hall for the most up-to-date information.

Legend:

  Available  Limited availability, contact to verify × Unavailable   Closed

Making a Reservation

Using the same online form linked above, fill in the “inquiry body” with your desired option (breakfast, breakfast & dinner, or no meals), number of guests (adult/child), and desired length of stay. You should receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. If you have any trouble, feel free to contact me through this blog or e-mail and I will help put you in touch with the right people.

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14 thoughts on “Staying Overnight at Ninna-ji

  1. I found 宇多天皇 have said “彼是愛玩於貓.”

    Would you please translate the meaning of this phrase.

  2. I asked one of our staff members to help me look into this, sorry for taking so long! It doesn’t come up in searches in Japanese, it appears to be written in Chinese. From what I can tell it refers to Emperor Uda’s love of cats. He reportedly wrote affectionately in his diary about his beloved black cat in the year 889.

  3. Thanks, this was very helpful! 🙂

    I have sent an email about an accomodation for next week and am awaiting a response. If I call the temple, do you know if there is a better time to call to find a staff member who speaks English?

    Thanks again!

    cheers,
    Sarah

  4. I hope you had a pleasant stay at Omuro Kaikan Hall! Unfortunately I have not been able to spend as much time here at the Temple and maintaining the blog, I’m sorry I did not reply to your comment in a more timely fashion!

    How did you enjoy your visit?

    Thank you for your interest in the Temple and for reading our blog!

  5. I am hoping to stay one or two nights between July 31st and August 2nd. Who can I e-mail or speak with for reservations and then for directions? Thank you!

  6. You realize that the form your linked to is not in English, right? And this is the English blog… you should have an English form too

  7. All of the fields on the form have English beneath the Japanese. To send the form click the button with the arrow and not the X. If you have any specific questions I will be happy to help.

  8. Hi, do you have barrier-free accessibility for people with wheelchairs? My wheelchair-bound father would like to see your temple in April 2013 and sample the best that Kyoto has to offer. I hope you can let me know as soon as possible, thank you very much!

  9. Hello! Thanks for your comment and for reading our blog!
    The main entrance to the temple (where the Nio Gate is) and the initial entrance to the palace are both wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the temple grounds can be rather inconvenient for those in wheelchairs. In order to have visitors in wheelchairs enjoy the palace, we often carry the them up the steps, wheelchair and all. We also have a wheelchair available inside of the palace area for visitors who are able to walk up the steps with assistance.
    While I’m afraid there will be inconveniences, we will do our best to make sure your father can enjoy the temple as much as possible.

  10. Hi, I’m planning to go to Kyoto this Oct and planning to stay in the temple. I want to visit the other surrounding temples before check in but I’m confuse about my luggage. Is it possible to storage my luggage before check in? If not, do you know the nearest place where I can put it (maybe nearest station)? I want walk to the other attractions near the temple and surely I can’t bring my luggage. Thanks

  11. Thank you for your comment!

    It is possible to store your luggage (but be sure to keep your valuables with you!) both before check-in and after check-out at Omuro Kaikan! Feel free to keep your bags with us while you visit the local sites.

    If you will be coming from JR Kyoto station, you can also ship your bags from the station to Omuro Kaikan. Here is a blog post in English about this service (http://kyotovisitors.blogspot.jp/2009/04/kyoto-station.html).

    Fall is a very busy time at the temple, so be sure to make your reservation at Omuro Kaikan early!

    I hope this helps! Thank you for reading our blog!

  12. greetings, I’m planning to got to kyoto on 22nd of November 2014 and is hoping to stay in the temple. Is it too early to make reservation now?

  13. Thank you for your comment!
    It’s still a little early to make a reservation for November. We accept reservations at Omuro Kaikan up to 6 months in advance. Fall is a very popular season, so try to make a reservation as soon as possible!

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