Nison-in Temple is a scenic temple that offers pleasant strolling, particularly during the cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons. It’s not one of the major sights in Arashiyama, so Nison-in is a good way to avoid crowds during those busy seasons. Although its gardens consist of small plots of moss surrounding trees, not the usual massive Zen dry garden, nevertheless Nison-in is a welcoming place to avoid crowds in a peaceful setting. Built between 834 and 847 in the Heian period, Nisonin Temple was established as the official temple of Emperor Saga. Nison-in was originally a place to study all four Buddhist sects—Tendai, Shingon, Risshu and Jodo—but it has been a Tendai temple (only) since the Meiji period.