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Koryu-ji Temple

Hachigaoka-cho | Uzumasa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #36 of 396 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 622, the temple houses impressive Buddhist statues, possibly from the 6th or 7th century.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 622, the temple houses impressive Buddhist statues, possibly from the 6th or 7th century.

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Fredericton, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Apart from beautiful landscape and atchitecture, this temple houses some important pieces of The national treasure of Japan including exquisite Bosatsu wooden sculptures which are not allowed to be phitographed. It mah be a bit hard to get to but it is worth visiting.

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Kyoto, Japan
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108 reviews 108 reviews
61 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

the pamphlet lists the fact that the hall is the oldest in Kyoto and an interesting sounding octagonal building, but the first cannot be entered and the second can't even be seen....rather disappointing.

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Chicago Illinois
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Koryuji is a relatively small temple complex, not far from the more famous Kinka, Ryoanji, Myoshinji and Ninnaji. But the feature is one of the finest Buddhist sculpture collections in the world, all housed in a small modern (in security and construction) museum building. Great great sculpture, very large, beautifully preserved, gently lighted, wonderful display not obstructed by glass. Right... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you like sculpture – early Japanese Buddhist sculpture – this is the top destination in Kyoto. The temple’s Kodo, or lecture hall, is the oldest building in Kyoto, constructed in 1165. But the real reason to come to the Koryu-ji is to see the sublime sculpture collection housed in the modern treasure hall. The collection includes the 7th century... More 

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Brandon, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We were in Kyoto for a couple days and stayed at Guesthouse Bola Bola. We had bad jetlag and we were wandering in the wee hours when everything was closed. We visited the grounds of Koryu-ji temple. Nobody seemed to be there but there were a group of people doing early morning tai-chi or something in an open area. When... More 

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tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Here is not a museum but a sacred temple with many images of Buddha with divine beauty. You can see (and of course pray if you want) them in silence… they are very Almost all visitors are Japanese, but all people will be welcomed. It seems to be a bit inconvenient to go from city center. However, it turned out... More 

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