World Heritage Ninna-ji Temple


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One Night Private Rental of the World Heritage Ninna-ji Temple :
Make yours the former retreat of Japanese Emperors for an exclusive night

– Overview –

Enjoy a unique private stay within the famous temple of Ninna-ji, one of the great temples of Kyoto listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect, Ninna-ji temple was once the retreat of Japanese Emperor Uda and since has established a privileged relationship with the Imperial Family that still live on today.

Thanks to this prestigious legacy, Ninna-ji features unparalleled architectural design derived from imperial palace along with a stunning Japanese garden and a truly unique Tea room specially designed for former Emperor in residence that is ordinary not opened to the public.

This original stay plan is unique in Japan and enables guests to rent and enjoy in complete privacy the beautiful premises of the Ninna-ji temple, a World Heritage site of high grade with strong legacy with the imperial family of Japan.

Guests enjoy a private access to the premises of the temple along with the historical Goten, Ninnaji’s most prestigious complex, that feature imperial palace’s style buildings with impressive covered corridors, elegantly painted sliding doors and beautiful rock and pond gardens.

A kyoto-style cuisine dinner enhanced with Gagaku music performance can also be arranged upon request within the former imperial Shinden Building at night, creating the illusion of a time trip into the lifetime of the Japanese imperial court of the past.

During the Spring season, guests will also be enjoying the stunning cherry blossoms of Omuro-zakura, that is one of the most sought-after Kyoto’s Spring event.

This very unique stay plan is tailored for guests searching  for an authentic and highly exclusive cultural experience within one of the most stunning World Heritage Site of Kyoto, rich of a gorgeous historical and religious legacy unique in Japan.


– Ninna-ji Temple –

Ninna-ji is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism in Japan. The temple was founded in 888, during the Heian Period, by the retired Emperor Uda, who became the first aristocratic priest to get in residence in Ninna-ji. From this date to the end of the Edo period, the temple saw a succession of head priests of imperial lineage, according to the tradition for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.

Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th century. The temple itself features some beautifully painted screen walls, a beautiful walled garden and a five-story pagoda of 33 meters in height. Ninna-ji is chiefly impressive during Spring, thanks to an orchard of late blooming dwarf cherry trees called Omuro-zakura that bring together an stunning forest of flowers in late April.

Nowadays, Ninna-ji is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is just located nearby the world famous sites of Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji Temple and Myoshin-ji Temple.


– Ninna-ji Private Rental Features –
  • Exclusive rental of the historical premises of Ninna-ji
  • Private visit of the World Heritage Temple Buildings under the special guidance of a Shingon Monk
  • Special access to some strictly closed cultural properties and national cultural assets
  • Private rental of the scenic garden of the former imperial residence
  • Private use for dinner of the imperial ceremonial room
  • Exclusive entry into the private imperial Tea Room of Ninna-ji
  • 100% private night stay within the Shourin-an accommodation
  • Inside view within Shingon’s morning prayer ritual
– Tailored Cultural Experiences –
  • Buddhist vegetarian Shoujin-ryori dinner within the imperial ceremonial room
  • Live performance of Gagaku imperial court music
  • Premium silk kimono dressing
  • Exclusive Omuro School Flower Arrangement Ikebana demonstration
  • Special Tea Ceremony within the historical imperial Tea room of Ninna-ji
  • Special Shingon esoteric fire ritual


– Discover Ninnaji Temple, One Night to Experience 1,000 years of Japan –


Ninna-ji - World Heritage Temple Experience


This is an exclusive, 100% private stay experience within a historical and cultural property of exceptional legacy. For this reason, we kindly ask you to fill out the contact form below to inquiry about availability, private rental price and cultural experience arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you soon.