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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 #22 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Parks
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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52 helpful votes 52 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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Navi Mumbai, India
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

i visited the temple in evening time. The garden was beautiful with small pond that blended in calm of evening. We had wal karound bamboo forest; and the walk was serene and refreshing.

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Athens, Greece
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited this temple in late April after the sun had set. There was some sort of exhibition and they stay open until late.Visiting the gardens at night was amazingly beautiful and one of our most beautful experiences in Kyoto..

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The gardens surrounding this temple are beautiful example of stone, rock and living working together to create a retreat from the usual.

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New Delhi
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Kodaiji temple was built in 1605 and is administered by a private trust. Peaceful location and houses relics. Within the campus is Kangetsu Dai (moon viewing pavillion)...the Chinese style cypress bark roof can be admired

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Milan, Italy
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you still have the energy to visit another temple put this in your list: it has a really beautiful japanese garden with a pond, painted interiors, which even a little ruined by the time are still great, a really peaceful atmosphere...and for those which don't have the time to reach Arashima also a little bamboo lane to pass through!

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rotterdam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Although this place came highly recommended, it was quite a let down. It is more about moneymaking and selling then showing Japan's past. And beware because there is lot of strenuous climbing to do. Most buildings are however empty and there is hardly anything special to do. On the brightside however, the place is not too crowded and a relief... More

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a beautiful place. Ok, so there are many beautiful places in Kyoto. This also features a massive statue (see picture). We went with a guide who helped us understand. Not a lot of info written out in English. Still, very beautiful. As I understand it, this was a memorial created by a wife for her husband.

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Yorkshire,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If you are in Kyoto at the right time you MUST see the Kodai-ji Temple floodlight. It is one of the best experiences I have ever seen. I began my visit at the far end of the street which is preserved in traditional style and is magical in it's self. Then to the first floodlight temple Entokuin which was good.... More

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