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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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  •  Temple is it it's on the bout went up the stairs from the road left in the reception. Postcards have been given 900 yen entoku and museum ticket you buy. Climb the stairs to rise as umbrella Pavilion at the top, take off shoes when inside goes up to the buildings, such as the original. Temples were amazing including the garden is on the stairs to the entrance with what is going inside the Peel is not necessarily cheap, so please consider hope. There may be hand was on the opposite side and Temple here is free so a break here. Not just the Temple also keep your shoes.  Café is also located next to the temple. Once in the forward route as follows. And old people.  If you take a picture than the presence of the man behind the open with. It truly blocked Temple was built and incorporated into look at in Kyoto, but became concerned about but not barrier-free.
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  • At night I worship at the duration of illumination. Projection mapping of the garden was fantastic. Also impressed is visited many times quaint, beautiful, night Bamboo Grove. Just encountered and Fox, now filled in more everyday. I had valuable experience will no longer have any time or don't know.
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  • It is one of the many temples of the Higashiyama area. While the building itself seems modest compared with other tourist, zen gardens with and the environment in which it is located, make it a very attractive place to visit.
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  • Beautiful scenery at night. At some place on the hill, you can see Kyoto Tower. Good place to go with friends and loved ones. Not so good if you bring children since they will get bored fast
  • We visited this temple in the evening for the autumn illumination. It was stunning, we watched the visual show 3 times to get the full effect. The pond was like a mirror and it was so beautiful. They even have a mini bamboo forest. Such a special experience to see the temple lit at night in this way. I would seriously recommend.
  • One of the less-pretty temples that I visited amongst a dozen during my stay in Kyoto. There was not a lot of foliage here even in the prime season (November) in 2017. The vantage points for photography were also a bit lacking. I suspect that night-shots when they light up the place might be a bit better since there is a small bamboo portion of the temple.
  • We were fortunate to have visited Kodai-ji on its first night of Autumn Illumination. It was an absolutely gorgeous experience. The gardens were lit so beautifully and the temples were fantastic. They had a 3D mapped light show in one of their gardens and it was excellent. The highlight of the visit for me was definitely the pond which reflected the illuminated trees. It was so still it was like a mirror. I definitely had a zen moment standing their in awe of its beauty.
  • The Zen garden, the all wood covered above-ground walkway, the rock placements and the maple turning red amidst very green pine and foliage make Kodaiji a must see. Oh did I forget the Rain Viewing Pavilions on the highest ground with a view? It would make raining so much more enjoyable, if you could ever be allowed to sit inside up there!

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