We discovered this hidden gem by accident. Unlike many of the temples that are among the main attractions in Kyoto, you can move around freely in the Ninna-ji temple complex. No barriers or signs prevent you from entering the rooms or other parts of the building. Therefore, the visit to this temple became something very special to us. Strolling through the rooms, discovering every corner or just sitting on the terrace gives you a taste of how it must have been to live in one of these houses. While the visitor crowds squeeze through the nearby Ryoan-ji, you can relax here and enjoy the garden – all at your own pace.