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Kodai-ji Temple

#30 of 1 400 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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Peaceful and contemplative

I was in the mood for a quiet and peaceful tour after the hordes of tourists at Fushimi Inari, and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gail J
Saumur, France
Hidden Gem

It’s not on the the top of “must see temple” list but it should have been in the top 5 of Kyoto! A... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank Gail J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s not on the the top of “must see temple” list but it should have been in the top 5 of Kyoto! A real zen place!

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the gardens around the temple. It was built by a lady in memory of her late husband. The shrines are nothing great though. The whole place has a very calm n peaceful feel.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Not worth a visit, rather spend your time walking around the narrow streets around it or head staright to Nishiki market. So average, many places closed off from public Access. Waste of time and money

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Kodai-ji 1605, the temple and gardens are spread over a large area , walk able through some beautiful and architecturally designed buildings and gardens and the bamboo forest ,are a real peaceful and pleasurable walk about , sometimes during the day ,ceremonies or prayers maybe...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018

The sand was raked into special intricate patterns and a pleasant garden trail takes you on a magical walk through a wonderland.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

If able to visit this place in Autumn and winter, the scene will be great different. Wish be able to come again during winter time

Thank Melinda F
Reviewed 24 June 2018

One of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto. The buildings are amazing, the garden even more ! The streets leading to the temple are of the nicest in old Gion. Well worth a visit !

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is a beautiful sacred site with a huge statue of Lord Buddha overlooking the bamboo gardens. The trail of the gardens is a must do and the shopping in the traditional streets below the temple was special and quaint.

Thank Sangeeta S
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Also in the Gion area of Kyoto is Kodai-ji Temple. This is a marvelous complex of old buildings - one very much worth visiting - but be award the slope to walk up the complex is very steep and good mobility is necessary to view...More

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29 October 2017|
Response from Claudia C |
No, it is forbidden.
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29 October 2017|
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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23 September 2017|
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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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