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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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We visited in March when they had the night festival and they had a nice light and sound show which was excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We visited in March when they had the night festival and they had a nice light and sound show which was excellent.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Smallish temple compared with the other large ones in the area, but has unique areas and gorgeous zen temple with rocks sticking out. Additional fee for zen garden. Inter-connected buildings are unique.

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Prague
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I did not found this temple so interesting as the others, quite simple. However the garden was beatiful. But for the entrance of 600 JPY one would expect more. At this area I preferred much more interesting Kiyomizu-dera temple. If you do not have much time to spend you can skip this temple. The temple offers night time illuminations

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Tokyo, Japan
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Have you seen the cherry blossoms at night? It is a fantastic sight to see. Time that can be seen are limited, but it is not only more than expected. The Kodai-ji Temple, it is possible to see avant-garde projection mapping also together.It is aiso illuminated beautifully bamboo forest and dragon image at night time.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The placement of the temple at a high elevation meant you could hear and feel the breeze rustling through the bamboo and the trees. There is beautiful wood architecture, metal work, a rock garden, a bamboo grove, and a pond with symbolic elements. It didn't have the crowds and tourist madness of more famous temples and was very tranquil. Which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Temples such as the Kinkaku-ji have become too much of tourist attractions, and have lost the serenity which temples were supposed to be built for. I visited this temple at dusk, when visitors were sparse. The temple is a complex with gardens and constructions designed for the original owner to be immersed in a zen state of contemplation. Every plant... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We stumbled upon this on our first night, just walking through Ishibe Alleyways at about 9 pm. We didn't know what to expect but it had an hour left to close. 600 yen well spent. Walking through this at night with not many people around was an utter delight. The highlight was the light show being put on against the... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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.

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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 

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