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Kodai-ji Temple

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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

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... read more

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

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Tsukuba, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank varun_mukthi
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars 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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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

We went there unsure what to expect, as a recommendation from our hotel. It was a very magical evening with lights, night walk through the area and the Bamboo Groove... I would recommend as a nice, magical experience, especially if you are sightseeing with the kids.

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

This place was recommended to me but after walking up to it in a hot day I almost left. Luckily I went in and enjoyed a beautiful walk, great views and some nice buildings. They try their best to speak in English and to be helpful but My visit was slightly soured by a jobsworth who scolded me for crossing... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is a small temple but there is a nice little rock garden, little bamboo grove and some nice gardens. If you are in the area, then pay this place a visit but it's not a must-visit attraction by any means. Also, beware of mosquitos. I highly recommend bug spray.

Thank LindyMeow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Loved the simplicity of this temple and the austere simple but beautiful zen gardens with amazing sand sculptures ... Also an enjoyable walk up and down the hill to this temple is a nice visit in itself with small shops and specialty foods and souvenirs. A must see for a Kyoto visit.

Thank Mark P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

2 things that made this temple even better- we want about 9:15-9:30 am on a weekday and we had a guide with us. Only 1 or 2 other people were there, it was quiet, calm, and the grounds and gardens are lovely. Learn the back story about Hideyoshi's wife who was banished here after his death and it will have... More 

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