We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kodai-ji Temple

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 511 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 255
    Excellent
  • 206
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
So much better than I expected!

We went to Kodai-ji for a special night time illumination and it was fantastic! Whoever sets up their light displays has an incredible mastery of light and shadows. We watched the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Piratelady
,
Minneapolis
Add Photo Write a Review

511 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Minneapolis
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We went to Kodai-ji for a special night time illumination and it was fantastic! Whoever sets up their light displays has an incredible mastery of light and shadows. We watched the main display in the garden area for 1/2 hour before we wandered the rest of the temple area and gardens. I preferred the small bamboo area here to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
124 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If and when on a tight budget and running short of time, this is one of those temples you can skip and carry on to some other ones.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This was our first and favorite temple after arriving in Kyoto from Manila. We went just after 6:00 pm when it opened for the evening. Cherry blossoms were in bloom and the lighted grounds were truly lovely. The reflection of the Japanese maples and the pagoda in the profoundly still pond were surreal. It was the only temple we visited... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The night lights are the main attraction of this temple complex for us. They had some projected light show, which was fascinating and the way bamboo grove was lit up was again excellent. This was our last temple of the day in a day full of temple visits, but that didn't make it any less. Specially the lighting and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Enjoyable walk and sightseeing. It has a beautiful bamboo wood. Should plan a good 3 hour for this place. Definitely worth it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sagamihara, Japan
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A lovely location without the usual crush of tourists. Very easy to get to and close to some of teh other popular attractions. This site is a great add-on while in this part of the city.

Was this review helpful? Yes
UK
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
91 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is one of many really lovely Buddhist temples in Kyoto. It's a living temple so expect to share the space with people there to worship, but there is loads to see with beautiful buildings, garden spaces, screens, sculptures, and nearby there is a museum with the temple treasures that is combined on your ticket and worth seeing. Truly beautiful

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hiroshima, Japan
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This temple was built by Nene(genuine wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi) in 1606. I like Hideyoshi cause of human reration ability. He succeeded to rule Japan by its ability. I can see his inheritance visiting this temple & museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dubai
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited Kodaiji temple at night after finishing with our trip to Kiyomizu temple. There was a marshall on the road guiding the visitors towards the temple. The illumination in the temple was really cool. There was a light and sound show in the garden which was really nice. The pond in the complex had a very clear water and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Nelson, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We enjoyed the night illumination, very beautiful and serene, would have loved to have had time to see also in the daytime.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kodai-ji Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Kodai-ji Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Kodai-ji Temple and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Kodai-ji Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?