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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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highest pagoda in Japan enbedded into a beautiful garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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Tsukuba, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toji (East Temple) is one of the 17 World Heritage sites in Kyoto, the closest to Kyoto Station. It is famous from its tallest five-storied Pagoda in the city and also by its wonderful arts of Buddhism Statues. In the Kondo(Main Hall), stands the Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of Medicine. In the Kodo(Lecture Hall), totally 21 statues stand, including the... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the lesser touristed temples but crowded when we were there nonetheless. Two things coincided: a monthly flea market and one of the rare openings to the public of the temple's trademark pagoda. These really drew the crowds in but we found plenty of delights to enjoy in the temple grounds. The temple takes up a suburban block but... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't go into the Toji Temple. We went especially for the flea market around the temple ground outside the paid area of the Toji Temple.The flea market takes place on the 21st of every month. It was full of stalls selling yukata, fabrics, ceramics, noren (fabric dividers), wooden utensils or tools, traditional Japanese food (tsukemono, ume, dried fishes, okonomiyaki,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I discovered this wonderful temple in the rain but enjoyed walking around the sakura gardens anyway. I got my first "temple" book here where they write the name of the temple you are visiting in beautiful calligraphy on the day you visit.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Beautiful temple and gardens. The entrance fee is reasonable. I like ancient Japan history which was abundant here. The temple has beautiful gardens. The temple itself is gorgeous. The Buddhas in the halls are a must see. We had a guide who explained much of the history of the temple. I recommend a visit here!

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Happened to be in Kyoto at the same time as the Market being held on the temple grounds. What a great way to spend a morning...wandering around the grounds, eating market food, shopping, and basically mingling with the locals. A must see if you can arrange it!

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Lusaka, Zambia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Near Kyoto Station so one can walk to the Temple. The ceramic painting exhibition added to the experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful heritage temple, the park is not too big but enough, it's easy to get by from Kyoto station main bus stop.

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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.