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Nison-in is a Tendai branch Buddhist temple located along a strolling path leading from Tenryū-ji in the south to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji in the north. With the temple name’s literal meaning that of “temple of two revered images,” two statues of Buddha are revered at Nison-in. The temple’s history dates back to the ninth century, but all existing buildings date from — as nearly anywhere in Kyōto — the years after the Onin War (1467–77). After the entrance, a broad avenue leads up to the main temple buildings. Further into the mountain, a cemetery can be visited.
Today, Nison-in is chiefly known for its maple foliage in autumn. During the late November weeks, the otherwise tranquil temple can get very crowded, especially during the day. Nison-in, however, is also worth a visit during other seasons of the year. There are several cherry blossoms, and as with many temples famous for autumn colors, early summer is a good time to visit. Recently, the temple has started to display flowers in small glass bowls, a sign that the temple goes with the spirit of the (social media) times.

Admission: open year-round
Nearby places of interest: Jōjakkō-ji, Giō-ji

The approach to Nison-in.

The approach to Nison-in.

Spring 春
Summer 夏
Autumn 秋
Winter 冬
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