Rinno-ji Temple, Nikko

#5 of 46 in Historic Sites in Nikko
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Explore the peaceful spiritual complex of Rinno-ji Temple, built in 766 by a Buddhist monk deep in the mountains. Examine the intricate, ornate structure of the 15 remaining buildings, which hold many interesting artifacts. In the Three Buddha Hall, you'll find statues of Amida, Kannon with a thousand arms, and Kannon with a horse's head. Perhaps the biggest highlights are the serene Japanese gardens: take a seat among the manicured trees and precisely placed stones, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. Plan to visit Rinno-ji Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nikko attractions using our Nikko trip tool.
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  • I visited this temple in late October. It is a big complex and you could walk a lot. All of the shrines are part of teh USESCO World Heritage site. It is worth visiting!  more »
  • Compared to the other shrines at Nikko, this one's a bit underwhelming, though the three Buddha statues are magnificent. The real gem here in my opinion is the Japanese garden attached to the...  more »
  • I was there when heavy snowfall so its fantastic memory
  • Good to visit now although it's under renovation
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