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Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • Visit this temple for the evening... and attend the show sound and lights, in the garden of stones, this lasts a few minutes. It is exceptional! You can attend as many times as you want. This show is included in the price of admission ¥ 600
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  • Very pleasant temple with beautiful well kept gardens and interesting history. Entrance fee includes a visit to the small museum as well  more »
  • kuil kodaiji merupakan kuil yang di kelilingi taman yang sangat indah. Taman di sini sangat terawat dan indah di hiasi pasir berwarna putih yang memiliki motif unik. Selain itu di sini juga terdapat k...  more »
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  • Simply stunning. Very helpful guides but also well marked trail to follow. The garden had everything we expected to see in Kyoto. And a very friendly informative gardener who talked to us about the Zen of gardening
  • Visited here during Light festival on November. The temple was open until 9 PM and everything was beautifully-lit with colorful lights. It was so beautiful that it was almost magical. There was also a light composed performance that brought both traditional and modern side of Japan. There was also a tea room that requires additional fee. You will be served with bitter green tea and a piece of sweet mochi.
  • I joined evening tea party here. It costs ¥6000 per person but worth joining. Dim sum (dinner) and tea/coffee are included. They serve authentic matcha as well, which has deep bitter taste. We could see beautiful pond which reflects trees like mirror in the evening. It was very interesting to see. Walking in this season is so tough as it is very freezing. You should wear thick coat. Walking with guide here is enjoyable.
  • WAY MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN KIYOMIZU DERA. This place is very underrated and is truly a must.
  • I suppose after a while temples and gardens become a little bit similar to each other. The backstory and the architecture may differ a bit but essentially they don't differ very much. Kodaiji stands out somewhat because they have a lot of wooden bridges and the sights along the route is varied, where you get to see wooden houses, bridges and a lot of bamboo. They say they have great autumn lighting at night but sadly our time of visiting has been slightly different.

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