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“Nice place but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Kodai-ji Temple

Kodai-ji Temple
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus
Ranked #20 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice place but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

I went on 27 Mar in the evening time.
I had to pay entrance fees but I couldn't enjoy very much.
Lots of walking and nice outdoor photo shoot sceneries.
Almost all indoor attractions are no photos allowed!

As a foreigner, I can't understand much what I am looking for and looking at. Attraction is not friendly for non Japanese, I feel.

It was random walk for me. Fortunately, I was in comfort walking shoes.

Perhaps, I should read up more and do homework if I want to enjoy this place. For first timer and totally non Japanese tourist, I'm not excited.

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“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Very compact and beautiful gardens set among the older buildings in this temple complex established in 1605. The tea houses were my favorite.

Visited January 2014
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“Serene and beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

It was a bit more to enter than I would have liked to pay (900yen) but it was beautiful. We were given a pamphlet to read but other than that english was limited. A woman explained in English the meaning of the tea house and explained the history and design behind it. Great views from the tea houses.

Visited January 2014
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“It's so Zen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

While the design of this temple is intended to follow the austere precepts of Zen Buddhism, it certainly comes across as being unusually more elaborate and lavish. An unmissable feature not long after entering is the rock garden that is intended to represent a vast ocean. However, on the day we visited, part of the rock garden had a sheet covering it, presumably because it was due for maintenance or re-design. Nevertheless, the grounds are beautiful kept in a 'natural' sort of way and are a serene place to practice meditation. Interestingly, the complex also serves as the shrine temple of Nene, the wife of the 16th century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who established the temple in his memory.

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful garden and autumn leaves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

The temple was established in 1605 by Kitano Mandokoro in memory of her husband General Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Many of the buildings and sites (such as The Temple Garden, The Moon Viewing Pavilion, Founder's Hall, Recling Dragon Corridor, Umbrella Pavilion) are national treasures. The Temple is noted for its cherry blossoms as well as autumn leaves. The Temple is not too far away from the more famous Kiyomizu-dera. It is a good idea to visit these two places in one go.

Visited November 2013
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