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Kodai-ji Temple

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Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
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Less crowded than Kiyomizu-dera

We went here after Kiyomizu-dera and appreciated that the place is less crowded and quieter as it adds to the serenity of the temple. You can also actually go inside the temple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went here after Kiyomizu-dera and appreciated that the place is less crowded and quieter as it adds to the serenity of the temple. You can also actually go inside the temple and sit there to rest and ponder on your surroundings. A big plus in going here is that there's a small bamboo grove area excellent for taking pictures!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Nice to see the stone scratches on the side of the buildings. Also a bit different then the outsides of many other temples

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Serene and I suspect better at night - as even then fairly busy. We went about 7pm and it was hot in August and cleverly lit. A delightful hour's wander. They will give you ticket on the way in to go to their museum down the road and though only one room it is worth a brief visit to see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My main reason to visit this temple was to see the zen sand garden with the rock forming as a dragon but couldn't find it. Ninetheleass I found that the entrance before enter the main ground was relaxing with small bamboo path and tourists dressed in kimono adding the charm!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Gardens are beautiful & serene. Try the Tea House. To the extent of my knowledge, the matcha ceremony was pretty authentic

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This temple, between Kiyomizu Dera and Gion, its famous for its sand designs and gardens. Its a nice place to see if you choose to walk between this places specially during the afternoons when they start to light up all the garden lamps. Its a small temple so if you have a tight schedule you will not see it probably....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

when we were there a traditional japanese wedding ceremony were taking place in the temple. red white and purple paper umberllas were displayed on the white sand garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went here in early April for the night light up. We thought it might be a nice thing to do after dinner. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our two week trip! They have a psychedelic light show in one of the courtyards which was great. The lighting everywhere highlighted the gorgeous landscape and buildings.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you have the time to visit the other temples and shrines then this one is not a top priority but if you are in the area do go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Kodak-ji is one of Kyoto's top sights. It's easier to find from the cobbled streets of Gion, alternatively you can enjoy a walk through the gardens of Yasaka shrine and then wal up to Kodai-ji. The gardens are wonderful, the temple has over 1000 bronze and gold lanterns and is truly a magical place to visit.

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