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Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-561-9966
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Beautiful temple and not too crowded

We visited six temples in one day and this was defiantly my favourite. The buildings and particularly the gardens and vistas were beautiful. The zen gardens with the patterns made... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited six temples in one day and this was defiantly my favourite. The buildings and particularly the gardens and vistas were beautiful. The zen gardens with the patterns made in the gravel were amazing to see. It was much quieter than Kiyomizu-Deru too which made for a better overall atmosphere.

Thank ellyshort
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was not a planned visit, after the sunset we just went for a walk in a park and approached temple. There are light shows as well as exhibitions related to local culture. Really nice experience, should be be beautiful in spring as well.

Thank Ainis
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get a ticket make sure you get the one that covers the museum as well, they have some lovely artefacts there. It is well set out with a fool proof circuit. Make sure to pause and look around occasionally. A lovely old couple pointed out a great view of the nearby Buddha statue that were missing because we... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting the mayhem of the Kiyomizu Temple, the Kodai-ji temple was very relaxed indeed. Incredibly well kept with beautiful autumnal trees and ponds. Were not allowed in the main hall due to maintenance, but still weren't disappointed. Also got to walk around the bamboo forest and see some old tea houses which was good.

Thank Ed S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another wonderful Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. I never get tired of visiting these temples and shrines in Kyoto as each has its uniqueness. Kadai-ji is home to a beautiful dry garden, majestic scenes of Kyoto, and in Spring Season a night-time illumination that is spell-binding, romantic. You can find it on the mountain side in Higashi-yama between Yasaka Shrine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The scenery at this temple is quite gorgeous. How it reflects off the lake is really cool. After you gain entry you take a walking circuit around the temple. You can't go inside but you do get quite close. After you pass it there's a walking trail (fairly short) that takes you through some of the landscaping. Recommended, if anything,... More 

1 Thank Vernal D
Tsukuba, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This temple is located in the South Higashiyama Area between Yasaka Pagoda and Yasaka Shrine. It has beautiful gardens as well as a small Bamboo Grove and especially its tranquility is very nice, if you are looking for. I personally love the Cherry Blossom(Sakura) in this temple. It sometimes have night illuminations and you can visit at night, so check... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Probably one of the best example of Japanese gardens on display. A fantastic shrine to visit if you're a fan of the traditional Japanese zen gardens. A great place to take some postcard perfect to pictures too. Highly recommended.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We went to this temple last autumn for night illumination basically to avoid the crowds . It was quieter and not many tourist around. it was a beautiful place and they had light illuminations playing in one of the rock gardens. It was a wonderful surprise, definitely something different. Great place to visit if you want an illumination to remember... More 

Thank ahusni
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I visited Kyoto a couple times but never came to this one. I saw a night illumination show in a poster and took a train ride from Osaka for the evening. It turned out to be very amazing. The garden was very beautiful. I had high respect for those who set it up for the night. The light effects were... More 

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