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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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A Glimpse of Ancient Kyoto

There are many wonders on offer in Kyoto, but this one is definitely worth your time and money if you are interested in history, culture or art. In particular, there are three... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Raymond W
Chengdu, China
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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are many wonders on offer in Kyoto, but this one is definitely worth your time and money if you are interested in history, culture or art. In particular, there are three cultural treasures on show here: two wooden halls and the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan. They are all quite remarkable and repay close attention. Set behind a reflecting... More 

Thank Raymond W
Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this temple as close to Inari and market on every 21st each month which sounded nice. Its impressive to walk around you had to pay to get up close however i took photos without needing to go inside.I enjoyed the market with lots of local stalls and food available would i come here again no i wouldnt i... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favorite temple in Kyoto. This is partly due to the fact that Kobo Daishi/Kukai lived here. He was a monk who studied esoteric Buddhism in Xi'an, China, in the early 9th century with a Javanese monk, Bianhong, who was probably associated with the Borobudur temple near Yogyakarta. The statuary at this temple, with Samantabhadra and Manjusri images,... More 

1 Thank 2012Excavator
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very pretty temple and grounds but no pictures allowed - some interesting Buddha statues inside the buildings

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I'm afraid it's overpriced. 500y per head it too much since you can essentially see it all from outside the vicinity anyway. It has interesting history though which we only learned through paying this and getting the leaflet but I guess you could just look on the net for this. Free wifi for no reason whatsoever.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

It's a must see in Kyoto. The inside of each temple has some beautiful statues of Buddha. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside. The grounds are very peaceful and a nice area to sit and reflect.

Thank Jane W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Pagoda, park and temple were nice. You can not go inside the pagoda only temples. Can save admission fee and just walk around without entering the garden: will get almost as good view. Easy walk / bike ride from Kyoto station.

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

There is a large pagoda but not much else to see here. Compared with the Shinto shrines the Buddhist temples tend to charge entrance fees while being restrictive about what you can take pictures of. I was underwhelmed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

the entrance fee , as far as I remember was 500 yen, which is not inexpensive but this is another must see in kyoto. it is not only the highest but also the oldest pagoda in Japan and a pleasure to look at.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This is my second visit to Toji Temple. This Buddhist temple complex is located close to Kyoto station - an easy 10-15 minute walk on the flat. It is not difficult to find. The temple dates back to 794 when the capital of Japan shifted from Nara to Kyoto. On entering the gate there is a very picturesque view over... More 

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Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.