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Monday, December 13, 2010

Ninnanji Temple Guardians

nio-san仁王さん仁和寺

Protecting the massive gate in front of Kyoto's Ninnaji Temple are two Nio-san.

These are massive guardian statues set in enclosed areas on the right and left of the temple entrance.

The one pictured above is on the right side of the gate.

Ninnaji is a spacious and elegant temple in western Kyoto. It was founded in the early part of the 9th century and was originally the summer home for the emperor.

Information

A short walk from Omuro Station on the Kitano line of the Keifuku Railway.

Buses #10, #26, and #59 all stop at Ninnaji-mae.

33 Ouchi Omuro
Ukyo-ku
Kyoto
075-461-1155

There is a 400 yen entrance fee to the sub-temple on your left as you enter. The rest of the complex is free.

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