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Kodai-ji Temple

Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
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Ranked #13 of 437 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The gardens are beautiful. Plan to spend at least an hour wandering through them. Spectacular in November when the maple leaves are red, orange, & gold.

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Kodai-ji Temple in the north east of Kyoto is at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains. It was built in 1606 ( rebuilt in 1912) by Kita-no-Mandokoro in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It is reminiscent of Shah Jahan's Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi which is a grand mosoleum / monument holding the remains of the body. Though... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Don't let the admission fee deter you. Go at sundown, when the lanterns light up the zen garden and tsujikura among the bamboo forests. There are old temples and relics to be seen. I was there during the autumn viewing and the feeling was if I stepped into a Miyazaki anime.

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Based on a tip from a local resident, we visited Kodai-ji on our last evening in Kyoto and we were so thankful that we did. The long lines just to enter the temple grounds was the first indication of just how popular a place it was. The beautiful gardens, fall foliage, picturesque scenery, artful/colorful umbrella arrangements and lights were so... More 

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Brisbane, Qld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We happened upon this Temple quite by accident, as we were looking for somewhere else just south of it. It is well looked after and the grounds are large. We passed through the grounds, but they were very lovely.

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Tamworth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The temple is well worth a visit as part of a day walking through this historic area of Kyoto. The manicured gardens and carefully preserved buildings create an atmosphere of serenity that was a welcome respite after a few days cycling the Shimanami Kaido. Make time for this during your visit to Kyoto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Its beautiful, its serene, during the day, do stay and take a cup of green tea and enjoy the garden view. When we traveled Kyoto, we visited Kodai-ji twice because we found out that there was a light show during the nights of summer. Its a complete different experience and its worth visiting twice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 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.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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

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Tianjin, China
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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!

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