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Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Religious Site
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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  • We found this temple quite by accident in our meanderings around Gion's smaller streets. Lovely oasis of calm, even at the height of the sakura season.  more »
  • Beautiful zen gardens, very peaceful and with a bamboo grove and old tea houses. One of the guides, very friendly, gave us some recommendations of other temples to visit in Kyoto.  more »
  • The Koda-ji Temple in the Gion district is such a peaceful place to visit. The grounds are very well kept.  more »
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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The place is incredible to look at when lit up during the evening. Makes for a beautiful scenic walk! Well worth the entrance fee (600 yen per adult for regular tickets).
  • Not so many people. Beautiful Garden. Worth to visit