Founded in 888, Ninnaji Temple (仁和寺) is one of the greatest temples in Kyoto listed as World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most popular cherry blossoms viewing spots in Kyoto area, attracting over 10,000 people during one season every year.
At Ninnaji Temple, low cherry trees called Omuro Cherry can be seen. Omuro cherry trees start blooming 7~10 days later than other cherry blossoms such as Somei Yoshino. The best viewing time at Ninnaji Temple is from early to mid April, and known as the latest blooming cherry blossoms of Kyoto.
Also Omuro cherry trees are lower then other common cherry trees, averagely 2 m high. The petal of the cherry is big and has vivider pink colour. There are approx 500 cherry trees in the temple site and the best scenic view would be the cherry blossoms with the great five storied pagoda.
Access: 2 mins walk from Omuro Ninnaji station (Keifuku Kitano line) OR Bus №26 from JR Kyoto station (30 mins)
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Fee: 500 yen
Best time to visit: early to mid April
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