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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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  • October 2, 2017
    For just 300 yen visited the shrine, where an exhibition of the famous manga artist 1950-80 ies Baron Yoshimoto. Rector of the Church room Even in wall panels, painted by artists. An interesting mix of classic Temple 17 century and striking works of the artist is one of the most famous temples of Kyoto. In the year 1606 in memory of his soldier-husband Toyotomi Hidzjosi his wife Nene has created an outstanding Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Kodai-ji Temple. It is located on a small picturesque Hill in Higashiyama area. The main buildings are richly decorated and surrounded by beautiful gardens Zen. Entrance to the temple leads to the main hall, which was originally covered with lacquer and gold, but after the fire, was rebuilt in 1912 more modest style. The building is surrounded by gardens designed landscape designer Kobori Jenshu. They are an exceptional part of landscape architecture with large stones and trees located on the hilly landscape among the elegant buildings of the temple, teahouses and bamboo grove. Gardens recognized by the Japanese Government to national heritage. One of them is the garden in the style of cukijama. It has several ponds, where there is an island in the shape of a turtle, and one of the stones is reminiscent of the crane. Both these creatures symbolize longevity. In spring and autumn in the Garden hosts exhibitions of contemporary art with beautiful illumination at night. a hillside behind the temple is the mausoleum in which lie the Hidzjosi and Nene. The Interior is richly decorated structures made of powdered gold and silver lacquer made in technology, characteristic of Kodai-JI is very beautiful temple, I liked the dragons in the garden and mausoleum.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Not that I went. Seen hobbling leaves featured on TV or in the garden grounds are waiting. Happen, and the wedding have been surprised, but nice.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Fun spot for increasingly sophisticated Hill, 2-year ban this three years, aiming to 2020 Kyoto evolving further. Always stop in the souvenir Street, is the kodai-ji Temple. Beautiful green hills are also healed.
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  • July 12, 2017
    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
  • April 11, 2017
    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.
  • January 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 15, 2017
    WAY MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN KIYOMIZU DERA. This place is very underrated and is truly a must.
  • April 10, 2017
    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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