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“Toji temple”
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Toji
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Ranked #17 of 1,263 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I'd never been to Toji, just never got around to it on previous visits. We were able to go inside the pagoda (not usual as I understand it) and we paid ¥800 as an entry fee rather than the expected ¥500. If you like Buddhist statues and history, this temple ranks up there with the best as the oldest in Kyoto and with the patronage of Kukai. The Buddhist statues are really amazing and show a wide range of Buddhist iconography that can instruct those new to Buddhism. Helps to see it with someone who can explain or you can read up on the early history of Buddhism in Kyoto. (Dingell's book on Kyoto)

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

In an unlikely location, the site is split into different areas and you can chose and pay for the ones you want to see. The 5 storey pagoda is the best one as it include two other temples - one with 101 budha statues. The pagoda was impressive from the outside but small and shabby inside. The gardens were great with turtles and carp and ducklings entertaining us.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The concierge at our hotel thought that the first-Sunday-of-the Month market at Toji was mostly crafts, well, there were about 2 or 3 stalls of that, but the vast majority were antiques. It isn't as huge and sprawling as the market on the 25th of the month at Kitano-tenmangu, but they still have a great cross section of things. There was quite a bit of pottery and practice swords (not sharp), lacquer ware, and glass, but bits and bobs at every price range. We bought a 37 row abacus for about $20, and contemplated a sterling topped pottery incensor for $300 that we should have bought, and a wooden baci for $8 that we also should have bought. There are things here that you just won't find at your local swap meet - like the rayskin wrapped spear, the full taxidermy tortoise, and the $700 brass calligraphy paperweight (called a "bunchin" - yeah, I know it sounds like a lot but - Google it - the new ones go for $1,200). The expensive stuff is still going to be expensive, but you can still get it for a fair price if you make a respectful offer. The only real downside is the fact that there are only 2 food sellers - one guy hawking meat kabobs (your choice of chicken leg or chicken skin - yum) and another person with food on a stick resting in hot water - not that appealing.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

One of the many , many, many temples in the area .But this strike out as its wooden pagoda like structure ( about 50m high ) is unique . The temple ground is large . There was some praying ceremony going on when I was there ( as a Muslim , I did not went in ) A place to visit by tourist , good facilities available , walking distance from Kyoto Rail Station , slightly difficult to locate , but have a map with you with pictures of the attractions you want to visit , stop any locals and they will be most happy to show you ( use sign language , bow to them and remember to say thank you / arigato ( the simplest japanese word to learn.) Fee of yen 800 to enter is slightly expensive ( maybe they need the funds to repair the pagoda )

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Late on a Sunday afternoon, I was able to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Toji temple. As you visit other sites in the city, you may well see the five story pagoda nestled on the temple grounds. I had a chance to witness a monk lead a family in prayer in one of the temples. The religious deities, prayer requests, and serene atmosphere are a site to behold.

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