Ninna-ji Temple, Kyoto

Founded in 886 with retired emperor Uda as its first abbot, Ninna-ji became the first of Kyoto's monzeki - temples whose abbots came from the imperial family.

Ninnaji Temple Drum

Ninnaji Temple festival.

In The Tale of Genji, Retired Emperor Suzaku's temple in the Western Hills is traditionally identified with Ninna-ji. In The Confessions of Lady Nijo, Ariake, one of the author's lovers, was abbot of Ninna-ji and a brother of Emperor Go-Fukakusa.

Ninnaji Temple Purple Robes

Ninnaji Temple features shinden-style covered walkways.

Ninnaji Temple Green Robes

Dressed for a temple ceremony at Ninnaji Temple.

The temple has a fine collection of treasures, which is on display in spring and autumn, and includes an image of Shakyamuni as a young prince carved in 1252.

Ninnaji Temple Shakyamuni

Shakyamuni as a prince (Shidda-taishi zazo).

Ninnaji Temple Bridge

Ninnaji Temple's garden.

Ninnaji Temple Garden

Ninnaji Temple's garden.

Ninnaji Temple Gates

Thatched gate and niomon at Ninnaji Temple.

Ninnaji Temple Omuro Gosho

Omuro Gosho of Ninnaji Temple.

Ninnaji Temple Pond

Ninnaji Temple's pond.

Ninnaji Temple Shinden

Shinden architecture in Ninnaji Temple's Omuro Gosho.

Ninnaji Temple Pagoda

Ninnaji Temple's pagoda.

Two nio, Kongorikishi (Ungyo) and Shukongoshin (Agyo), guard Ninnaji Temple's main gate.

Ninnaji Temple Group

Ladies waiting to participate in a temple ceremony at Ninnaji.

Ninnaji temple gate

Ninnaji Temple's Niomon.

Ninnaji temple

Ninnaji Temple's main hall.