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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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total Zen

Came here on a long weekend and getting here was total chaos, but once inside the temple it was super Zen-ed up, even considering how many people were there. Nice old tea... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came here on a long weekend and getting here was total chaos, but once inside the temple it was super Zen-ed up, even considering how many people were there. Nice old tea houses, and a large Kare-sansui, but the best bit was the bamboo tree walk. We went after dark, and I would suggest it is the way to go,... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good spot to go to after kiyomizera. Came here at 9am , very relaxed and serene experience. Besides the normal garden, it has a lovely bamboo groove. Definitely something to experience if not done before.

Thank ccfchew_23
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went in autumn and found the night walk through the temple grounds to be a different and enjoyable experience from the viewing of autumn leaves in the day. Although it was very crowded, I would say the night illumination is worth visiting.

Thank SingaporeSnow
Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing reviews of people hyping up the place especially because of the night time illumination, we decided to include it in our itinerary. It was autumn, so we knew there was going to be a lot of people. We thought we were going to see the entire mountain light up to better highlight the foliage, but only a few... More 

Thank gelipul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pretty lucky to finally found this place after visiting the crowded Kiyomizudera. The walk from Kiyomizu to this place itself was a very good walk tour. It was quite the classic Japanese road and mostly packed with local Japanese. The garden is amazing and the complex is a good combination of well maintained garden and beautiful japanese temples.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Admission fee to visit and also the tea garden and museum. Mainly the traditional kimono on displays inside the houses. I enjoyed the gardens the most and architecture with less visitors making it a more enjoyable visit. Car parking space available but seemed quite expensive to park. Our bike was charged 1000¥ for an hour and half visit. Great visit... More 

Thank Queenie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is only for Kodai-ji Temple, not for the Kodaiji Sho Museum or Entokuin Temple. As soon as you pay the admission and turn the corner, it becomes clear that this is not going to be just another one of the many temples that will eventually all blend into one in your mind over time. This, it turns out,... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful place to visit in the fall, as I'm sure it is always nice to see. Serene and nice balance between nature and traditional Japanese temples, buildings. A must see!!

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Marquette, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens and architecture of the buildings on the temple grounds are impressive. For me more history background would have been nice. Take your time in this beautiful setting. The bamboo forest is awe inspiring.

Thank Laurel K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you don't skip this temple while touring around Kyoto! It is located in the east of the city and easily accessible by bike (we did a day-temple- bike tour and it was a great decision!) Wonderful place, especially in autum- as the colorful trees give more magic to the lovey photos :) (Paid entrance) Beautiful temple, and zen... More 

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