Ninna-ji is the head temple of the Shingon sect of Zen Buddhism. Founded in 888 by the emperor Uda, who after his retirement became the first “monzeki” (head priest of the imperial or aristocratic lineage). The temple was destroyed many times by fires and wars, and none of the original buildings have survived. The oldest buildings date back to the 17th century. At Ninna-ji temple we can observe vast fields of the dry gardens raked in strait lines in its southern parts and a pond garden at its northern section. They can be observed from the veranda of the Main Hall. The temple was designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO.