Nison-in Temple, Kyoto

Enjoy its hilly grounds and ancient cemetery

By Larry Knipfing   Jan 16, 2014 - 1 min read

Established long ago, in 834, Nison-in was destroyed during the Onin War (1467-1477) and then rebuilt. Many people flock here during the autumn months to enjoy the colorful maples. If you've got strong legs and like old cemeteries, then a hike up the hill is a must. The more you look around, the more you will find to admire in its ancient burial grounds. I visited in late November, and although the place was packed due to the foliage, after climbing the long steep stairs behind and to the right of the temple buildings, I was quite alone. It was quiet and beautiful.

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