Ninna-ji, Kyoto

Another World Heritage Sight in the hills of northwest Kyoto, Ninna-ji was founded in 886 AD. Emperor Koko ordered the construction to bless the nation and to propagate Buddhism. For over a thousand years, it was traditional for a reigning emperor to send a son here to take over as head priest whenever a vacancy arose, thereby sustaining the imperial lineage to Ninna-ji.

In 1467, the temple was destroyed by fire during the fighting of the Onin War. It was rebuilt over the next 150 years.


Dramatic skies over Kyoto today…ninna4ninna5ninna6ninna7ninna8ninna9ninna11

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