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Ninna-ji is a temple located in the northwest of Kyoto, Japan. It was established in 888 by Emperor Uda as a palace that was later converted into a temple. The temple was expanded and renovated several times over the centuries, resulting in a unique blend of architectural styles. In 1994, Ninna-ji was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance.

The temple grounds cover an area of approximately 10 hectares and are surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden. The main building, the Goten Palace, was built in the early 17th century and served as the residence for the head priest of the temple. The palace features stunning architecture and intricate decorations, including paintings by famous artists of the time.

Another notable feature of Ninna-ji is the five-story pagoda, which stands at 34 meters tall and is one of the tallest pagodas in Japan. The pagoda was built in the 17th century and features a unique blend of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles.

Ninna-ji is also home to several other historic structures, including the Kannon-do Hall, the Omuro Palace, and the Sentei Garden. The Kannon-do Hall houses a statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and is known for its impressive roof adorned with mythical creatures. The Omuro Palace was once the residence of the emperor and features a beautiful garden that is especially popular during the cherry blossom season. The Sentei Garden is a traditional Japanese garden with a large pond, a waterfall, and a teahouse.

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