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Kodai-ji Temple

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Excellent temple with much renovation completed. Very peaceful

Excellent temple with many great features. Much has already been renovated and looks so nice... read more

Reviewed today
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Serene and beautiful in the Higashiyama Mountains in East Kyoto

We have visited Kyoto before during Sakura (spring) and visited many temples. This time we are just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed today

Excellent temple with many great features. Much has already been renovated and looks so nice. Large area with much to see. Many buildings to view. Does not appear to be one visited by many tour groups, so was very peaceful and quiet. So much more...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited Kyoto before during Sakura (spring) and visited many temples. This time we are just taking it easy. Kodai-Ji Temple was built in 1605 by a noble woman in memory of her husband. The location is beautiful with winding paths and steps leading...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in the mood for a quiet and peaceful tour after the hordes of tourists at Fushimi Inari, and this was just the place. I could stroll leisurely through the grounds and enjoy a contemplative experience.

Thank Gail J
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

It’s not on the the top of “must see temple” list but it should have been in the top 5 of Kyoto! A real zen place!

Thank oztolonguc
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the gardens around the temple. It was built by a lady in memory of her late husband. The shrines are nothing great though. The whole place has a very calm n peaceful feel.

Thank V3AS
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Not worth a visit, rather spend your time walking around the narrow streets around it or head staright to Nishiki market. So average, many places closed off from public Access. Waste of time and money

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Kodai-ji 1605, the temple and gardens are spread over a large area , walk able through some beautiful and architecturally designed buildings and gardens and the bamboo forest ,are a real peaceful and pleasurable walk about , sometimes during the day ,ceremonies or prayers maybe...More

Thank mickknap
Reviewed 2 July 2018

The sand was raked into special intricate patterns and a pleasant garden trail takes you on a magical walk through a wonderland.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

If able to visit this place in Autumn and winter, the scene will be great different. Wish be able to come again during winter time

Thank Melinda F
Reviewed 25 June 2018

One of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto. The buildings are amazing, the garden even more ! The streets leading to the temple are of the nicest in old Gion. Well worth a visit !

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30 October 2017|
Response from Claudia C |
No, it is forbidden.
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29 October 2017|
Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
on their site I found no information. Sorry. Maybe you check it, too. I really don't know, but I would assume you pay once and upon leaving you may get a stamp to re-enter the same day for the night illumination. Would find... More
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24 September 2017|
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Response from StefanS71 | Reviewed this property |
At kodaiji site there is a separate info for 'illumination'. Also helpful is japan-guide for general information.
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