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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-691-3325
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3D mandalas

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the grounds of this temple is the five-storied pagoda (to the right after coming in from the front entrance although you can only get to it from the back side) which is the "highest" pagoda in the country (the second highest, by the way, is Kofukuji in Nara which I went to two days after this); and apart... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temples are very well conservated despite the time, Special highlight for the 5 floor pagoda which is closed for the visitors most part of the year unless special celebrations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in or near Kyoto, Toji is worth a visit. Not too far from the train station. A good walk but not bad. The weather wasn't all that great but we were able to view and enjoy this attraction. I'd recommend going if you can

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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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