Final Fall Colors

Now that it is December Ninna-ji is operating on winter hours, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We close 30 minutes earlier than usual so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to see everything before closing!

Here are a few pictures of the fall foliage with some of the beautiful structures here at the temple! There are still some leaves on the trees, but the peak for foliage has passed.

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The next seasonal pictures you can expect to see here are snowy ones!


The Sutra Hall Through the Trees

The Sutra Hall

Although all the rain can get a bit bothersome, without the rainy season I don’t think we would be able to enjoy lush green scenery like this in Kyoto. Every season has its own beauty, and it is truly the intense greens like this that make summer special.

Sutra Hall

The Sutra Hall
The Sutra Hall was completed in the mid 17th century. With double doors flanked by flower shaped windows, the Sutra Hall is a structure unified by Zen architectural elements. Inside, six Buddhist images including Sakyamuni, Manjusri, and Samantabhadra are enshrined. The inner walls are adorned with images of the eight great Bodhisattvas and the sixteen Arhats.

Inside, there is an octagonal rotating sutra shelf with 96 drawers on each side, equalling a total amount of 768 drawers in all. The drawers are filled with Buddhist scriptures.

Click the image below for a close up of the “sacred jewel” decoration that sits on roof of the Sutra Hall. Atop the Sutra Hall