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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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Flea markey

We visited here for the flea market. Lots of beautiful things and doesn't feel too touristy. It's easy to find and is a pleasant location to find some little pieces of history in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here for the flea market. Lots of beautiful things and doesn't feel too touristy. It's easy to find and is a pleasant location to find some little pieces of history in the shadow of the pagoda.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I don't know for how many hundreds of years it's been going on, but every month on the 21st, Toji has a Flea Market. Beneath Japan's tallest Pagoda are 600+ vendors selling mostly used stuff - from buttons, dolls, and used kimono, to TONS of antiques, real swords and handmade little coin purses made from gorgeous kimono fabric! We bought... More 

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takaratsuka city hyogo japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i love riding large size bikes. use to stop over each time i am passg by. once a week or every two. so beautiful.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As with all Japanese temples there is a sense of peace and calm. There was a crane standing in the water of the moat (?) near the temple - still, magnificent in his.her stillness.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful 5 story pagoda! You can visit the first floor and see 4 representations of Buddha. This pagoda was built 1644 and is the tallest in Japan. Equally impressive is the Kondo (main hall) with a huge Buddha statue flanked by 2 large bodhisattvas. The Kodo (lecture hall) contains a 3D representation of a Shingdon Buddhist mandala. Stunning. Please visit... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Temple itself is nice, nothing too unique, but impressive nonetheless. However, every 21st of each month, there is a market there which was crazy. a. it took about 30-45 minutes to get from the subway station to the temple, kid you not. b. the market itself was great. it's mostly antics, jewelry, cloth, food - what you'd expect to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very beautiful shrine and it only takes a very short walk to cover the temple area. The scenery is very beautiful during autumn because they have a lot of momiji,

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kyo-O Gokokuji temple, better known as the Toji temple is over 1000 years old and has withstood many disasters with parts being rebuilt. The 5 story pagoda on the right side of the entrance, has withstood countless earthquakes. Most of the sections are closed to the public, and a fee is charged. One is not allowed to take pictures... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pagoda is flat out amazing. Not just to look at but the way it was built, it can't and hasn't been knocked down by any earthquake since it was built. It has been victim to fires, but never earthquakes! This is a working Temple and people sit in the Buddha hall to pray. This is an easy trip for... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is the main temple for my sect, Shingon. Just love to see powerful sculptures in the two buildings there. They created 3D mandalas and they are so powerful and moving. Shingon is closest to Tibetan Buddhism and came to Japan via China. Esoteric Buddhism is hard to understand but just looking at these figures in dark halls there make... 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.
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