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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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Charming, especially in the fall.

This small temple was built in 1605 by the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in his memory. The location of the temple is wonderful. We visited in the fall when the leaves were orange... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small temple was built in 1605 by the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in his memory. The location of the temple is wonderful. We visited in the fall when the leaves were orange and red. It was simply beautiful. We visited this temple late in the evening around 500 pm.The pond is like an impressionist painting, the reflection of the... More 

Thank TravelerTrecker
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely temple with amazing zen sand sculptures. It was beautiful in the winter - I can only imagine what it would like either in snow or Spring.

Thank Farnorthernexposure
New York City, New York
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877 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited here several times. This famous temple requires the visitors to pay 600JPY = 5USD while Yasaka shrine next to this temple is free of charge. I recommend entering here at night where the gardens were lit up beautifully, although the night entrances may be allowed only in autumn. There are many nice restaurants around here Kodaji, and... More 

Thank YacchanAmarone
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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131 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The love story behind the construction of this temple is heart-warming, and the employees of this temple are kind enough to share it with the visitors. We visited this temple at the end of the day and it wasn't crowded at all. We almost had the gardens to ourselves.

Thank rasemanju
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

There was a sound and light show when we were there December 2015. It was lovely and not too crowded at night as well. They lit gardens up to showcase the stunning autumn leaves. Beautifully done and as the sun sets early in autumn, it was an attraction which we could still easily do when it got dark though it... More 

Thank jade_du
Sentosa Island, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Visited Kodai-Ji at the peak of Autumn colours just as a chance to see the red leaves. The site without the colours by itself is worth the trip. But the gardens with splashes of red, yellow and occasional green truly put Kodai-Ji at a very light. Kodai-Ji like many sites in Kyoto opens in the evening with illumination. The lights... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This place is huge with lots of steps so it may be quite a challenge for elderly people who are not in good physical health. The garden is very beautiful even in winter, but is probably best to visit in autumn when the leaves are changing color.

Thank Jeffrey C
Manila, Philippines
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100 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

It's just quite a hassle to remove your shoes for a brief walk to a traditional Japanese house but wait until you reach the area where the light show is. It's a short 3-5 min light show that presents some traditional beliefs within the temple. There are dragons, devils and other creatures that got moved away at the end of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Went for night illumination after seeing last year's photos. This year was a disappointment. Partly due to the rain i guess

Thank ocolocorch
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

All over Gion, posters recommend Kodai-ji Temple for fall foliage, and they are right! The temple is landscaped with beautiful maples, and the amount of Japanese tourists was a confirmation of this top pick. Still able to catch the views up to the first week of December!

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