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“Kobosan Flea Market held every 21st of the month is a must visit!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Toji Temple

Toji Temple
Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
+81 75-691-3325
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Ranked #23 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
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“Kobosan Flea Market held every 21st of the month is a must visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

One of the interesting things to do apart from temple, shrine and garden visiting is to visit the Kobosan Flea Market held every 21st of the month at the Toji Temple, a 15 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

The temple itself is worth visiting, but why not do so when the flea market is on for a richer experience? There are about 200 stalls selling all kinds of goods, from hot food to fresh chestnuts, antiques to vintage kimonos, chopsticks to hand-crafted artworks.

I bought a lovely vintage kimono for 1,000 yen (about US14)! Something like that could cost 50,000 to 100,000 yen if bought new! It was supposed to be shop-soiled, but I could only find one tiny age spot on the silk lining, and no blemish on the "face" side of the kimono. All the embroidery is still in perfect condition! It would make a lovely wall hanging decoration.

I also bought complete lengths of chimiren (colourful silk kimono cloth) to give away as gorgeous table runners. At 500 yen (about US7) each, they were a steal!

The flea market offers lots of unique and quirky things to buy as gifts that would be far more appreciated than the mass produced souvenirs sold in tourist shops.

Even if you don't buy anything, the flea market and temple are interesting to visit.

The flea market opens early (at sunrise) and closes at around 4,30 in the afternoon. It is a perfect place to visit if you are an early riser and want to get some early morning activity in before the shops and attractions open.

Visited October 2012
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“Garden better than the temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Although only 15 minutes walk south-west of Kyoto Station, Toji is one of those places visited by relatively few foreign tourists. There are various sections - but it is only 500Yen to see the main hall, lecture hall, garden and pagoda.
I must confess I wasn't especially impressed by setting of the statuary in the Kodo (lecture hall), or Kondo (Main hall) of this esoteric Shigon Buddhist sect. However I could not tear myself away from the gardens and just kept taking photo after photo.
Whilst the garden does not feature highly in their own literature and so is presumably not of great religious importance - it is a lovely place to spend some time and there are so many photo opportunities here.
Well worth the walk and the money. If you go on 21st of the month you can pull in a flea market in the outer grounds as well.

Visited October 2012
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“Huge structures but not sure if it is worth the fee”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Having trapsed around my fair share on temples and shrines in Kyoto, I was used to them either being free, or some sort of small entrance fee being charged. This one at circa 800yen was a little steep. However we liked the fact that it was quiet, visitor free and the buildings looked very impressive.
Many of the buildings within the grounds are free and you can just walk into them, So for visitors not wanting to pay there is this option, of at least seeing part of the temple. The day we were there, there was a small art exhibition in one of the buildings and we purchased 2 beautiful japanese drawings to take home.
Even if you dont pay to visit the main area, its a lovely area to walk around and fairly near to the main station

Visited September 2012
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“Enjoy the quiet charm!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We visited the temple in a hot, summer morning and we were only a few dozens of sightseers at the time there. Yet we really enjoyed the visit. Under the vast blue sky, we strolled without haste around the enormous ground of the garden and enjoyed the tranquil beauty of the temple complex and of course, its famous five-storey pagoda. It is a nice, quiet place for a walk without the crowds.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

The architecture is wonderful and its situation right in the city is interesting in its incongruity.

Visited May 2012
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