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Toji, Kyoto

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The imposing tiers of Toji, a World Heritage Site and a symbol of Kyoto, rise grandly over its surrounding gardens. The five-tiered temple, first built in 796, belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism. With an impressive 54.8 m (179.8 ft) height, this structure remains the tallest wooden temple in Japan. Note that visitors can't actually enter the pagoda, a privilege reserved for only a few special visitors each year. Plan to visit Toji during your Kyoto vacation using our convenient Kyoto trip itinerary maker.
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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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  • We didn't manage to visit the temple properly because we arrived too late to make it worthwhile, it closes at 16.30 & we arrives at 4pm. We needed help to find it because it's entrance is behind anoth...  more »
  • The East Temple and Pagoda are quite ancient although originals destroyed by fire. It's a short walk from Kyoto Station. The Flea Market on 21st of each month provides trash and treasures and simple s...  more »
  • the 5-Story pagoda is one of the icon for this temple. there are two halls most definitely must visit, Kondo & Miedo. both halls displayed status will not disappoint any of the Buddhists.  more »
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  • So much history and beautiful statues! The tour guides were very helpful. Also there are a few places photos not allowed
  • Absolutely amazing, if you only have a few sites to see in Kyoto, make the To Ji Temple one of them. While I have included a photo that I think captures the best part, that's just one of many amazing things to see there; in addition to the temple, there are beautiful gardens, ponds, breathing architecture, small shrines and more. A must see in Kyoto.
  • Light up for cherry blossom was amazingly beautiful and romantic. A very good place to be at as a couple.
  • Nice beautiful place with lovely cherry blossoms and beautiful architecture. Cheap price to get in as well.
  • This place is a little overhyped but still worth visiting if you have time. The structure is huge and you can see it from a couple miles away. Fun, historic venue to visit.