Nisonin Temple

Photo: Shozo Fujii / JT

Nison-in is a Tendai Buddhist temple complex in Ukyō-ku, a western ward in the city of Kyoto, Japan. The temple's official name is Ogura-yama Nison-kyō-in Keidai-ji. The temple is a popular destination during the Japanese maple viewing season. [Wikipedia]



27 Chosin Nison-in Monzen Ukyo-ku Kyoto (Directions)


9:00 - 16:30 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 9:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 9:00 - 16:30
Thursday 9:00 - 16:30
Friday 9:00 - 16:30
Saturday 9:00 - 16:30
Sunday 9:00 - 16:30
Holidays 9:00 - 16:30

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