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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kodai-ji Temple by using our Kyoto trip builder.
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  • Cherry Blossom is a beautiful weeping cherry tree and garden can be enjoyed. You can see tea, Garden walk in appearance only. It is a very well-kept garden. It is a tourist spot to Kiyomizu-dera of return to those places.
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  • The highlight of this temple has to be the gardens, which are beautifully maintained. There is also a small bamboo grove to walk through.  more »
  • 高台寺距離知名的八坂神社、清水寺都不遠,但觀光客少很多。 觀光客少並非不值得拜訪,只是名氣不如另外兩個地方。 高台寺雖不同於清水寺的建築那樣壯觀,但是另有一種婉約的氛圍。 進到寺廟裡頭可以感覺到非常寧靜的氣質,在裡頭散步非常悠閒。  more »
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  • 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.
  • There's entrance fee. I'm here tonight luckily to see the illuminating show. Very large and I really enjoy waking around very beautiful, peaceful, rich in culture and elegance. Up on the hill there's 400yrs old house too. I took these pics with my cell phone. The light is very dimmed this is all the best I could get.
  • Great place, relatively quiet and a lovely garden. I think it's used for ceremonies. A little more expensive than the other sites I've visited but this includes the Sho museum, ¥600. Don't forget to have a green tea with a beautiful view on the main building.
  • Kodai-ji belongs to a section of Zen Buddhism. The lovely temple has some richly decorated interiors surrounded by amazing zen gardens. During spring and autumn nights, these gardens are lit up with some stunning illuminations. Further up, they have 2 tea houses and in the return path, you will be able to walk through an amazing bamboo grove. It's open from 9:00 to 17:30 and the entry fee is 600 Yen. This definitely is one of the must visit places in Kyoto, specially during autumn.
  • A Zen Garden temple isn’t complete without a bamboo forrest and Kodai-ji Temple does not disappoint. You can find the beautiful bamboo groove as you make your way up the path from the temple pond.