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Kodai-ji Temple

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Beautiful garden & impressive illumination at night

Got here by a chance. During end of November it was extremely crowded. The LED performance was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hiyuki
Nice Temple - Zen garden & Mini Bamboo Grove

Great temple to visit after you stroll through Gion and cross the river into old Kyoto. This temple... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed yesterday

Got here by a chance. During end of November it was extremely crowded. The LED performance was fantastic, should go here both in the morning and in the evening.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hiyuki
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great temple to visit after you stroll through Gion and cross the river into old Kyoto. This temple doesn't get enough PR for how great it is. It has a small zen garden, beautiful grounds, a nice observation hill that provides an overlook of Kyoto,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Irishdudeguy88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called here late afternoon. Initially we found the gardens a little disappointing, nowhere near as refined or well kept as a number of other pristine gardens in Kyoto but as dusk fell, the gardens had an excellent evening illuminated show which transforms the gardens...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Although, I've visited before, during my last trip, I was able to visit during their Night Illumination or Illuminage, which starts after sunset daily during Spring (mid-March to May), Summer (August), and Autumn (October to early December). In this way, you really get to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

I'm so glad we went here. After exploring the Hirashiyama district, this was a oasis of peace. You had to pay an entrance fee, we went to the gardens but didi not go to the museum anymore. The gardens itself was really relaxing

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nita300
Reviewed 7 November 2018

A samurari and military nobility leader was known as a Shogun and this was his Palace in Kyoto. A walk along verandas with 'nightingale' chimes sounding as you step, leads you through the various waiting rooms, audience room and finally the Shogun's private quarters. Each...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank barryandtoni
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Not a huge place but very serene and calm. Went there at night for their night autumn show. The show wasn't impressive but worth a watch as its very calming. But the lake was surprisingly good. Manage to take some very good photos of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RyonT4
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Excellent temple with many great features. Much has already been renovated and looks so nice. Large area with much to see. Many buildings to view. Does not appear to be one visited by many tour groups, so was very peaceful and quiet. So much more...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfurukaw
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We have visited Kyoto before during Sakura (spring) and visited many temples. This time we are just taking it easy. Kodai-Ji Temple was built in 1605 by a noble woman in memory of her husband. The location is beautiful with winding paths and steps leading...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nickJ4005HT
Reviewed 19 September 2018

I was in the mood for a quiet and peaceful tour after the hordes of tourists at Fushimi Inari, and this was just the place. I could stroll leisurely through the grounds and enjoy a contemplative experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
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YourWorldTraveller
29 October 2017|
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Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
on their site I found no information. Sorry. Maybe you check it, too. I really don't know, but I would assume you pay once and upon leaving you may get a stamp to re-enter the same day for the night illumination. Would find... More
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Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
At kodaiji site there is a separate info for 'illumination'. Also helpful is japan-guide for general information.
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