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Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • Not having much expectations from here, we were amazed at this temple. The temple itself is not much to rave about, but the gardens are the amongst absolute best I saw in my time in Japan. The size...  more »
  • I was in Kyoto mid-November and happily I came here while their night time illuminations were on. It was quite eerie but very beautiful. It was also packed! I very much enjoyed it nevertheless.  more »

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