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Kodai-ji Temple

526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
+81 75-561-9966
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Ranked #22 of 372 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Parks
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

There is so much to do in Higashiyama that it's great that Kodai-ji Temple is open until 9:30 (it is in the summer - please double check) so you can cram more sightseeing into your day. We'd read that it had to be seen at night, so we killed time wandering around the neighborhood until sunset. It was really interesting... More

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We decided to visit Kodai-ji in the afternoon after a morning trip to Kibune. Unfortunately it drizzled all morning, then poured in the afternoon. We were able to see just about everything but in the end we were soaked and could not appreciate this place as we should have. It is a beautiful area and the gardens are very peaceful.... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Somewhere not quite so crowded with a very attractive garden walk and tranquil temple. The entire complex is beautiful and the preservation effort has been considerable. Definitely worth a detour to see.

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Cologne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

At first I was a bit puzzled because I thought the big Buddha and the world war 2 memorial were avert thing to see. Then I discovered the entry to the actual temple and museum and enjoyed a beautiful stroll there. Plan one hour to fully enjoy the beauty of this place.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

First off it's not over-stampede with a tonne of people, thus allowing one to have some peace at a leisurely pace. Next, the gardens are superb and very beautiful. Much nicer than at other temples. You also get the zen garden and get to enter the structures. The wooden stairs are also very neat. Every aspect of this temple is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

From mid-March to early May each year Kodaiji stages beautiful illuminations at night, beginning after sunset and running until 2130. There are two impressive gardens at this temple. The first is a rock garden, which is a large area of raked gravel. Here there were two projections that looked like kaleidoscopes. They were awesome; people sat there, quietly, watching the... More

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was a great temple to end my day in Kyoto. The temple is right off a major walking path, but the temple itself is quite serene. There was everything here. A rock garden, a bamboo garden, and a traditional Japanese home. It is definitely worth a stop.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

i visited the temple in evening time. The garden was beautiful with small pond that blended in calm of evening. We had wal karound bamboo forest; and the walk was serene and refreshing.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited this temple in late April after the sun had set. There was some sort of exhibition and they stay open until late.Visiting the gardens at night was amazingly beautiful and one of our most beautful experiences in Kyoto..

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The gardens surrounding this temple are beautiful example of stone, rock and living working together to create a retreat from the usual.

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