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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 #20 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Parks
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Hong Kong, China
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed this temple thanks to it's beautiful buildings, ponds, woods (including a bamboo forest), rock gardens and overall surroundings. We stayed just minutes away in Gion and I wish I had come to this temple earlier. Don't miss this one! Unfortunately or fortunately there over 250 photos on tripadvisor for this attraction and many are not very good and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a peaceful place. We were heading somewhere else but ran out of time so we decided to visit here instead. The gardens are pristine and someone must rake the garden everyday. We wanted to spend more time there. Will go back and explore more next time.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Walking through one of the neighborhoods near our vacation rental, we asked a local which was her favorite temple to visit. She recommended Kodai-ji. This was the one temple we went ahead and paid for the admission fee. Six of us traveling together made the fees prohibitive. Kodai-ji was worth the price and beautiful. We enjoyed it very much.

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
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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132 reviews 132 reviews
62 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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32 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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108 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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