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Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto
(4.4/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • So many lovely temples in Kyoto. The tea houses, zen garden, landscaping and original painted woodwork were the stand out features for me in this one. 
  • During the fall foliage season a little early but well-kept garden is great. I think in another week or two great moss green and Red leaves. POIs, POIs to volunteer? For more, please explain. Garden walks are down considerably, so wear shoes I think is good. I saw some old people sitting.
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  • If the temple is very nice and impressive by day, after sundown discovers all her charms. Every year they change the zen garden as well as the light show that is shown continuously until 10 pm. Nice bamboo and woodland reflections bosto de temples in ponds.
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