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Kodai-ji Temple

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526 Shimokawaramachi, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed today

very peaceful and nice place. well organized and friendly people. would highly recommend it while in town

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Levi_Aray
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not very big, but quite a pretty little temple and garden, especially with the huge weeping cherry blossom. Close to the Gion area I was a little surprised it wasn't busier, but a little disappointed to have the peaceful surroundings shattered by a gardener with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ozteddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this temple around 7 30 pm late March. The main attraction here is projection mapping on its beautiful zen garden with Sakura tree. The show is quite short ( a few minutes at most), and it wasn’t so busy maybe because it was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank snowyday2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful views! read the comments we decided to go there to check if this garden is as beautiful as it is described by people who have already visited it and I must say that it was very nice. Kyoto has many temples but it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Globspotters
Reviewed March 16, 2019

We enjoyed the night hours to see the foliage. All the fellow visitors (a lot of school groups) were lovely in their enthusiasm and respectful interest.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DrDaveMaui
Reviewed February 24, 2019

There are dozens of temples in Kyoto, some more beautiful and some more memorable than others. I enjoyed walking around the temple complex although we did not pay to go insidse the museum or the temple itself. We had seen three other temples the day...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RobertJE
Reviewed February 17, 2019

We visited Kodai-ji during the autumn illuminations period this fall, and we were simply stunned! Not sure what to expect exactly before we went, but having heard the trek to the temple in the evening was well worth it - we were not disappointed. It's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank suffragettecitygirl
Reviewed January 17, 2019

Compared to the photos of other travelers here, ours won't look like much, as we were just there in January 2019, so much of the plant life was dead. However, Kodai-ji is quite possibly my favorite stop in Kyoto this trip. Serene and peaceful, the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jennigens
Reviewed December 24, 2018

Kodaiji is a temple from Rinzai Zen, established in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his wife, Nene, who is also enshrined at the temple. They were said to be a truly harmonious couple. Touching their statues will make us have harmonious family life...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stevesudjatmiko
Reviewed December 16, 2018

There are lots of beautiful temples and gardens in Kyoto and it's possible to get a headache trying to figure out the best ones. This one has a central location and beautiful views. If possible, visit during autumn illuminations in Late November and early December....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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YourWorldTraveller
October 29, 2017|
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Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
on their site I found no information. Sorry. Maybe you check it, too. I really don't know, but I would assume you pay once and upon leaving you may get a stamp to re-enter the same day for the night illumination. Would find... More
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Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
At kodaiji site there is a separate info for 'illumination'. Also helpful is japan-guide for general information.
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