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Jojakkoji Temple

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Address: 3 Saga Ogurayamaoguracho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8397, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful stairs

The moss and maple covered stairs are the reason to visit this rather small temple. The building itself is in reconstruction by the way. I loved the garden.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The moss and maple covered stairs are the reason to visit this rather small temple. The building itself is in reconstruction by the way. I loved the garden.

Bandung, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

When I visited this temple, at some locations can be seen extensive views. The old building of this temple looks well preserved, and remain with the peculiarities of public temples in Japan. One that I like here is the beauty of the garden that is filled by a cherry tree with its distinctive color.

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Enjoyed my walk throughout Arashiyama, then i came across this temple! I went in and found colors everywhere,vivid trees standing in front of me was pretty magical. The temple is about 15 minutes walk after the bamboo grove. I would specially recommend this temple for the foliage season.

Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The fall colors at the temple gardens were simply stunning. The beautiful scenery made you forget about the long lines, crowds, and the fact that the main temple was undergoing renovations. The hilly terrain helped to thin out the crowds and provided nice views of the city. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Jojakkoji Temple is a further walk of 15 minutes after passing thru' the bamboo groves at Arashiyama. I decided to check it out as my research gathers that this is famous for its autumn scenery. From the exterior of the temple, it looked normal & kinda run down. But once you step inside, you will immediately feel that it is... More 

Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Only got to see the entrance to the temple and then had to rush for our return train to Kyoto and flight home. Looked good from outside so one for are next visit. Surrounded by beautiful forest and bamboo. The walk there was very peaceful. Not another living soul except for the staff at the local station.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This temple is different from other temples I have experienced -it seems to go on forever. While there are many stairs, each new level of the temple area is worth the hike. There are little secluded areas where you can take a rest from your travels. The mossy area with the trees overhead is truly a sight to see. Not... More 

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The moss around and the green leaves match each other during the summer and near autumn season. There is a spot in the garden of the temple where you can view the city. Take a photo. There is also a bamboo garden that made it distinct for me among the temples I've visited. All in all, the green surroundings marked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Probably this temple is not famous among foreign tourists and you don't need to visit except in the autumn leaf viewing season. Among Japanese people "hunting" for beautiful autumn leaves, Arashiyama is one of the most popular places of Japan and this temple is the best place of Arashiyama. Highly recommendable.

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.