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

Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
Website
Improve this listing
91%
Ranked #14 of 405 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 442 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Parks, Cultural
Attraction details
Type: Religious Sites, Parks, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotels near Kodai-ji Temple

Write a Review

442 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    225
    173
    37
    6
    1
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Singapore
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Token fee required. Many temples and structures scattered around to walk to. One of them had a neat display of colourful Japanese umbrellas tastefully placed in a beautiful garden. Take your time to understand and learn the history and culture behind each station.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

One of the nice temples with statues of Guanyin. No autumn foliage if that is what you are after. Easy access by subway.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tianjin, China
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a must see.... beautiful, insightful, and great views. However, I keep ending up there when a portion of it is under reconstruction and this time a million school children were there!! But they are mostly kind and friendly, unlike some of the other tour groups there. Go Early!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I really like the little tiny house in the garden! its so miniature! This place has a neat covered bridge over a pond with rock gardens and picturesque scenery. During the autumn for a week, this place participates in the "light up" tradition where everything is covered with light after sunset, and consequently open later.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ulsan, South Korea
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place is big and with very scienic view over the city. However, as two years ago they are still upgrading and rebuilding the place so it's not as nice as the pictures show. Worth a visit though.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kyoto, Japan
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

You should visit here during the peak of momiji season which is around the end of November. Even better, go at evening around 6-7pm! This place is one of the temples that opens during night. The art installations and the lightings were very beautiful. Definitely a-must-visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Hotel people recommended me to go for night walk I'm Kodaoji. The magical and romantic view by lit up makes your trip even more unforgettable. See pictures. http://ameblo.jp/trebole/entry-11958801945.html

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chino Hills, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The middle spot of the Kiyomizudera to Kodaiji to Chion-in/Shoren-in circuit in Higashiyama. Beautiful gardens, and beautiful zen garden with changing displays. The theme right now is umbrellas, and I guess there's light up exhibits at night as well. The bamboo forest is in some ways even more impressive than the Arashiyama one. Beautiful in autumn.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

There seems to be a serenity about this temple that is sometimes lacking in some of the others. Everything is done in good taste.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Spectacular illumination reflected in glass-like pond. Beautiful bamboo grove. Not too crowded. Well worth it!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kodai-ji Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
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

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?