The rain stopped by the time we got to Ninna-ji [仁和寺]. Our visit was delayed a bit because we got on the wrong bus after visiting Kinkaku-ji. The mistake on our part was wonderful because we found a spectacular restuarant at the stop we got off at after realizing our error.
Ninna-ji was founded by Emperor Uda in 888. Serving as the residence for the ex-emperor, it was formerly called the Old Imperial Palace of Omura. The temple is the headquarters of the Omuro School of Shingon Buddhism.
Many of the buildings were lost during the Onin War [1467-1477]. Most of those that stand today date from the early seventeenth century.
In 1994 Ninna-ji was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
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