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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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awesome during night if illuminated

Best place to visit if it is illuminated during nights. if you are visiting during fall or cherry blossoms, this is a must go. Brig your best cameras.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best place to visit if it is illuminated during nights. if you are visiting during fall or cherry blossoms, this is a must go. Brig your best cameras.

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Macau, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited after sunset, just few minutes walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Definitely a different feel when you visit the temple at night time, they have a light shows, make sure to visit if you´re going by this time of the year.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I came here on a Sunday night, which in hindsight was not the best idea! The line is much longer than it looks from the outside, because it snakes up a hill. The illuminations were truly amazing though (the best of the three I saw while in Kyoto), and when you're inside the crowds don't seem that bad because the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After experiencing the day time autumn colours last night, I came back to this amazing temple this year for the night time illumination. The autumn colours were in full blast, while it was not as spell binding as eikando or kiyomizudera. Kodaiji has other tricks on its sleeves. The light show was the main highlight. It features the wonderful autumn... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great temple right in the heart of higashiyama. Very impressive garden and racked stone arrangement. Bamboo and very over Kyoto higher in the garden. But come also when it opens for the night with lighting. Not sure that is all year but certainly was for autumn.

Thank ZN9999
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very crowded and not worth the hassle. I'd head for other attractions in the vicinity like Shoren-in or Chion-in instead. The staff there were pretty curt and inflexible

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kodai-ji Temple is Zen Buddhist temple and is located in Eastern Kyoto next to the Ryozen Kannon and a short walk from the popular Kiyomizi-dera Temple. It is also located at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. I visited this temple on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November and enjoyed walking around this nice temple. The cost to enter... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The autumn foliage is not as good as reviewed. Visited on 26 Nov 2016. Supposed to be peak. But quite disappointing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kodai-ji is a short and easy walk from Kiyomizu, but doesn't seem to get the same amount of traffic, which is very nice for those who do visit. The grounds are beautiful. There's a small bamboo grove to wander through, a large zen garden with elaborate raked designs, and green, green moss everywhere. We were fortunate to visit when a... More 

Thank ArlettaC
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kodai-ji belongs to a section of Zen Buddhism. The lovely temple has some richly decorated interiors surrounded by amazing zen gardens. During spring and autumn nights, these gardens are lit up with some stunning illuminations. Further up, they have 2 tea houses and in the return path, you will be able to walk through an amazing bamboo grove. It's open... More 

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