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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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  • I did not find it so breathtaking as many say! Its just a temple with a pagoda behind it. Not so charmy from my point of view 
  • From Kyoto station by train, Kintetsu Higashi station in a 10-minute walk will arrive from. Was crowded because it was the end of the year. Kondo to is Yakushi Nyorai, Nikko-bosatsu, Moonlight bodhisattva in Japan and 21 of the three-dimensional representation of the teachings of the Shingon esoteric Buddhism in the Auditorium of breathtaking high pagoda.
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  • From the South Gate of the Kujō street joined the East Temple. You should go near Hokkaido University gate on the tour of the Auditorium and five-storied pagoda opening reception. First tier treasure pagoda, the tallest in Japan and currently published, did visit inside the Buddha, such as for the first time. Immersed in the world of the Shingon esoteric Buddhism, in front of numerous statues of national treasures and important cultural properties, and three-dimensional Mandalas centric Vairocana and then visited the main hall and Auditorium in the Hall.
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  • Really nice place. Maybe not totally must see but if you have little free time it's worth
  • I love this temple. 600 yen to get in and so worth it. Besides the beautiful scenes, pagoda and ponds, it holds old beautifully carved statues of Buddha inside the two main buildings. Note that you can not enter the pagoda.
  • Really good place to seeing buddha status i have never seen that kind of status. Really sad about forbidden taking pictures.
  • I visited this temple when I studied abroad in 2010, and is beauty has stayed with me. Now that I am back in Japan I will definitely return. I was able to go when the pagoda was open briefly, so I had the chance to see the beautiful inside pagoda art. Truly a breath taking experience.
  • Very wide temple. A must on kn kyoto.