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Toji

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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Jane W
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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Tsukuba, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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 July 10, 2016

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 July 6, 2016

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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Staying in Southern Kyoto

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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.