[Official Name] Ninna-ji temple
[Location] Omuro-ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
[Origin] Since Emperor Uta built this building in 888, this building was called the "Omuro-gosho", as the Sobo where princes who became bonzes lived.
As you go under the Nuri no Mon gate, the Kondo, moved from the Imperial Palace, the five-storied pagoda, and so on, come into our sight. The cherry blossoms, shorter than the usual ones, are called the "Omuro-zakura".
Ninna-ji temple was built in 888, by Emperor Uta. Emperor Uta became a bonze after he abdicated the throne, and for almost thirty years, he trained himself by the Shingon-mikkyo sect. From that time onward until the Meiji Restoration a thousand years later, thirty generations of the Emperors' children and grandchildren became the chief priests of Ninna-ji temple, and the temple was familiar as the "Omuro-gosho".
Inside the Temple
The large Ninna-ji temple is designated as the ruins of "Omuro-gosho", for a historical spot. Also, many architecture in the Garan are registered as national treasures or important cultural properties. Moreover, the "Omuro-zakura" has been loved by many people from ancient times, as the last flower to bloom in spring in Kyoto.
The view of Ninna-ji
Omuro-zakura (cherry blossom)