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#17 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Southern Kyoto
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Address: 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473, Kyoto Prefecture
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Dusty, musty but magnificent

So glad we made this our first temple visit in Kyoto. Very close to the Kyoto station, we took the Kintetsu train and it was literally just 4 minutes around the corner (so we just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

So glad we made this our first temple visit in Kyoto. Very close to the Kyoto station, we took the Kintetsu train and it was literally just 4 minutes around the corner (so we just walked back to the station afterwards). This place breathes of authenticity and unlike many temples which have seen many reconstructions, this temple complex still has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

I would recommend Toji most of all. It's always so quiet and peaceful, and with nearly full access to the temple and beautiful gardens, it's a must for an educational and contemplative visit

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

The brilliant 5 storied Pagada, the Toji Temple ( Eastern Temple) stands majestically to a height of 57 meters. Toji Temple was built a little after the Kyoto became the Capital of Japan. Kyoto still is the unmatched cultural capital of Japan. The large structure is magnificent, the woodwork quite perfect and amazing. A visitor gets transformed to a state... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

Lovely spot to absorb some Japanese history, we also loved the Antique Market which is on the first Sunday of every month

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

Among the approximately fifty temples that I visited during our trip to Japan, this is one which touched me. The central hall has the old rustic spiritual feeling. The surrounding garden was full of autumn colours and the temple in the backdrop appeared stunning. I think it's a must visit while in Kyoto.

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

We planned our trip so that we could visit this flea market which is held on the 21st of each month and we were not disappointed. It was great opportunity to view a vast number of vendors on the temple grounds. No admission was charged (I believe that there is an admission fee on the days that there is not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014

Easy to get to via bus. Must see in Kyoto. One of many places one should visit in Kyoto. Stop at the tourist information office for directions

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

On the other side of the railway but worth a visit. Great buildings and lovely setting of pools and gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

There are 2 temples open for viewing in addition to the Toji temple. No photography within, but that is expected. At night they light up the Toji Temple and it makes for some pretty good views even from the street. Best part, very few tourists so I got to enjoy the gardens in peace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2014 via mobile

been there in 2007 It's a short walk from the station I was surprised as nothing was in English on the metro map . You have some buildings closed with gold statues inside . Beautiful pagoda

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Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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