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Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
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This temple was very well organized with a lot to see. The zen gardens were beautiful. We spend about an hour wandering around the grounds.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Mililani, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This temple was very well organized with a lot to see. The zen gardens were beautiful. We spend about an hour wandering around the grounds.

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Macau, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We got here with the combo ticket for Entokuin, which was 900yen per person, and we enjoyed the walk in this calm and qquite temple area. As we were travelling during Chinese New Year there were a lot of Chinese tourists but not as many as in other big temple areas. There are areas for taking off shoes. Photos allowed... More 

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Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This temple is known as the 'Zen' temple, and it lives up to its name. I wandered this temple solo [my friend was exploring elsewhere]. It was perfect that way. I went through at 4:30pm [last entry at 5pm] so it was quiet and calm. No crowds. Just the way I like it. And the sunset was close behind me.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Kodai-Ji exceeded our expectations. We were feeling a little 'templed out' towards the end of the day but decided to do one more temple and were so glad we did. Wonderfully looked after landscaped gardens and buildings to wander around - before we knew it we'd been there over an hour. Also saw lots of equipment associated with the lighting... More 

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

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

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

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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