Nisonin

Nisonin, Kyoto

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.

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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,339 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
Nison-in is known as the place where Fujiwarano Teika redacted “Hyakunin Isshu”, an anthology of traditional Japanese poem. In the premises of the temple, there are graves of some celebrities such as that of Suminokura Ryoi, etc. It is recommendable that you wear comfortable shoes, because you have to walk on unpaved paths.
Written 5 January 2020
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland108 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Solo
Quiet and peaceful temple far from the crowds. Ideal atmosphere to meditate. Silence. Very interesting statues.
Written 3 November 2019
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aeriecircus
Dallas, TX65 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Solo
If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful temple with less visitors, Nison-in is a good choice! I visited in June and thought it was pretty despite the reviews that say Autumn is the only time to visit. There was also a short hike up the hill behind the temple grounds that was worth a spin.
Written 16 June 2019
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand305 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Solo
Just a stone's throw away from Saga's famous bamboo forest is the Nisonin temple.
So easy to pass by in most seasons as not very photogenic. However, judging by the profusion of maple trees, I'd guess Autumn is definitely the time to see it at its best.
Written 24 April 2019
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Jeffrey D
Starkville, MS2,105 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
This temple is a short distance from the Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama Park on the way to the Gion-in and Daikaku-ji Temples. The approach walk is flanked with beautiful Japanese maples that purportedly put on a spectacular show of colors in the autumn. The temple and its grounds are not as heavily visited as others in the area and thus provide something of a respite from the crowds. The temple houses revered twin images of Buddha and the cemetery houses a large number of emperors and court nobles.
Written 2 June 2018
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SeraphinaKey
Penang, Malaysia11 contributions
Nov. 2016 • Solo
For a temple on the Arashiyama walking trail, beyond the bamboo forest, Nison-in is wonderfully peaceful. It doesn't have anything particularly stunning-- nothing compared to Kinkaku-ji for example, but it has the atmosphere of serenity, which made it stand out in its own way. There are some buddha statues, and small stone statues on the back which represent the six Buddhist realms; also there was a bell which you can ring, and many graves.

Do try to stop by! I found it a welcome respite amongst the tourist crowded Arashiyama area.
Written 14 March 2017
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,643 contributions
Nov. 2016 • Couples
Not impressed by the temple, garden or the Buddha structure. Many other temples in the vicinity to suit your tastes, whatever they might be.
Written 6 February 2017
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Satoshi Y
Kawasaki, Japan61 contributions
Sep. 2016 • Solo
There are 2 main Buddha statues in the temple. Usually, a temple has 1 main Buddha statue and 2 assistant Buddha statues. However, it has 2. So, a name of this temple means "Two Hollies Temple". A right one is Shaka who send the people to the heaven, and the another is Amida who welcome the people at the heaven.
Written 10 December 2016
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Rebecka W
Kyoto, Japan41 contributions
Sep. 2016 • Solo
The joy of Nison-in is that nobody really seems to know about it. Most of Arashiyama's tourists never get much farther than the end of the Bamboo Forest, meaning places farther into the mountains are all but forgotten.

I talked to some of the staff when visiting, and they did advise that November sees huge crowds due to the Momiji rush - I think I would still brave the crowds to see the amazing foliage here.

This place would be beautiful year round. Peaceful, quiet, with a cemetery that seems to stretch on forever. The temple building itself is beautiful, with a landscaped rear garden and water features.

It seems that all construction is now finished and all buildings are fully viewable.
Written 19 September 2016
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Emily L
Oxford, MI173 contributions
Oct. 2015 • Solo
If it wasn't under construction it might be lovely... But the overgrown gardens leave a lot to be desired. Still, I'd rate it average because it lies exactly in the middle of my experiences in Japanese temples! If you're there, stop by, but don't make a special trip.
Written 22 October 2015
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