World Heritage / Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Criteria: (ii) (iv) | Date of Inscription: 1994 | Location: Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures | Justification for Inscription


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Ninnaji Temple is a monzeki temple whose head priest is a member of the Imperial family. This increases the temple's prestige and it is thus called "Omuro Gosho (Omuro Imperial Palace)." The Omurozakura in the temple are a smaller and later blooming cherry blossom variety.

Omuro Ninnaji is a monzeki temple founded by the Uda Emperor in 888AD. Its vast grounds are designated as an historical place as are the ruins of the Omuro Gosho. Most of the buildings in the grounds, including the Kondo (main hall), a former Shishinden of the Imperial Palace and the Mieido are designated national treasures or important cultural properties. The Omurozakura in the precincts are famous as the last cherry blossoms that decorate the spring scenery of Kyoto due to their tendency to bloom later than other varieties of cherry tree. The temple is the head of the Buddhist Omuro School of the Shingon Sect.

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