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Koryu-ji Temple

Hachigaoka-cho | Uzumasa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #60 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Founded in 622, the temple houses impressive Buddhist statues, possibly from the 6th or 7th century.
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San Francisco, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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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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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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