15. Ninnaji 仁和寺 has always had strong imperial and aristocratic connections, as it was founded by Emperor Uda. Since the time of Uda the temple has been headed by an imperial prince, which endowed Ninnaji with many buildings and gardens on its spacious grounds. Among the buildings on the temple grounds that have survived to the present day are elegant palace-style buildings surrounded by Japanese gardens, various temple halls, a massive entrance gate, belltower and tea houses. Its five story pagoda dominates the entire scene. Ninnaji was the first imperial temple in Kyoto and it is still an active temple rather than a mere tourist attraction.