In 2021, Ninnaji temple provides us with Aomomiji night illumination. In this post, I’ll show you the way to enjoy it, 合掌。
- Visit there before it gets dark to enjoy twilight and nigt.
- Find tiny Omuro cherries.
- We are not allowed to visit the halls in Ninnaji. We admire them from the path to Kondo in distance.
- Kondo, the main hall is the oldest Sihinden and a statue of Amitabha is enshrined there.
- Special Ao Momiji Goshuin Stamp is available.
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Schedule of 2023
- Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays between 5/26/2023 and 7/2/2023
- Open hours: 19:00～21:00（Entrance opens at 18:30 and closes at 20:30）
- Entrance fee: 1,000 JPY
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays only. Not weekdays, right?
From twilight to night 夕暮れから夜に至る経緯
For Ao Momji night illumination, the gate is open to us at 18:00. In May, we are still in dusk.
Around 20:00, we find ourselves in the darkness.
I do love the color of the sky. We can admire it only in early summer.
The color is peculiar to the twilights from early May to Sakimatsuri of Gion Matsuri. When Atomatsuri started, the sky contains blue and red.
We have an opportunity to enjoy both of them in Ninnaji this year.
There is a place to rest. Automated vending machine and benches are available there.
Omuro Cherry 御室さくらんぼ
Ninnaji is famous for Omuro Zakura cherry blossoms for centuries. In early summer, we can admire tiny cherries on Omuro Zakura trees.
Omuro Zakura? Check these articles. Haradanien, the Sakura Paradise, also has Omuro Zakura.
Of course we can enjoy Omuro Zakura there. In pictrure!
Only restricted places 参拝は仁王門から金堂まで
In the night illumination, we are not allowed to visit the halls in Ninnaji. We can be in the path lead us to Kondo, the main hall.
This is Nioh mon gate. We can enter the temple in the door though the gate is closed.
In side the gate, there is a reception place. Pay entrance fee there (1,000 yen for adult)
Receptionist gave us this. It shows us the path we can walk (Indicated by the red allow.)
It says when guides wait for us we can take photo of Kondo following their advice.
After the reception place, we walk towards Kondo catching a glimpse of the pagoda with 令和 Reiwa.
Flashe photos prohibited,
This kind of things means “DO NOT ENTER.”
Kondo used to be a Shisinden of Imperial palace. It was constructed in 1612 and is the oldest one. Shisinden is the main hall in Imperial palace. Important ceremonies, like Sokui Rei (Enthronement of Emperor), are held there.
Now it works as the main hall of Ninnaji and a statue of Amitabha and those of its gradians are enshrined.
Special Ao Momiji Goshuin 青もみじライトアップ限定御朱印
We can have it at the reception place for 500 yen.
How to get to Ninnaji temple?
Kyoto City bus: No. 10, 26, and 59: Omuro Ninnaji bus stop
Randen (Keifuku railways): Omuro Ninnnaji station
From Kyoto sta., No. 26 is convenient.