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Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

#14 of 687 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Find tranquility and history at Kodai-ji Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in the 17th century. Originally established in 1606, this site belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and features ornate interiors and Zen gardens. Enter through the main hall, redone in 1912, explore the rock and tsukiyama-style gardens, and walk uphill to the site's mausoleum and two teahouses. The premises also contain a secondary temple with its own Zen gardens. With our custom trip planner, Kyoto attractions like Kodai-ji Temple can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • this temple is located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward. It sits atop a slight hill. Kodai-ji is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture. Getting there: Kodaiji is located in the Higashiyama....  more »
  • beautiful japanese garden, not so crowded. inside mainhall is prohibited to take pothograph (where the Hideyoshi wife live). but we can enjoy the garden here.  more »
  • Contrary to other places, I'm relieved to know it's crowded, the view is great, I'm lucky to be there for the night illumination
  • Love the layout of this temple and garden. Beautiful in the fall for momiji. There is a tea house where you can have matcha and wagashi. Also a small bamboo area if you can’t get to arashiyama.

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