Kodai-ji Temple, Higashiyama

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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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  • Kodaiji has different exhibits every season, so you can enjoy it no matter how many times you go. This summer, we had a 100-ki night exhibition until the end of August, and youkai picture scrolls and fue-ei were impressive. In addition, when you walk in the garden, you need to exercise, but there is a view and atmosphere that will be healed when you climb the bamboo grove.
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  • This temple really was a hidden gem! Its located up a steep climb of stairs on a hill, surrounded by lush vegetation, gardens, and bamboo trees. It costs 400¥ each to get inside the gardens. There is ...  more »
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