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Kodai-ji Temple

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Address: 526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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The garden, cozy and Japanese beauty

go through Gion from Gion Shijo st., go up to slope, you can reach Kodai temple where Nene who was widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi stayed to pray him after his death. Theare some... read more

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Kawasaki, Japan
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The temple has style like other temples, not specific scenery found here but you can enjoy some spot here.

Thank Asep H
Kawasaki, Japan
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go through Gion from Gion Shijo st., go up to slope, you can reach Kodai temple where Nene who was widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi stayed to pray him after his death. Theare some houses in the cozy area, positioned perfactly on the hill, the garden with white pebble are so beautiful. I missed Cherry blossam in the garden but felt... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As with most temples in Higashiyama around mid March, this temple takes part in hanatouro where in the evening illuminations are setup around the temple and grounds. The temple itself is a wonderful sight, but for me the grounds in the evening whilst illuminated were breathtaking, especially the lights throughout the bamboo forest at the back of the temple grounds.... More 

Thank Matt B
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kodai-ji Temple has a stunning Zen Garden with its singular old & majestically situated Sakura Tree, simply a breathtaking oasis for meditative walks - the flowers & trees are so aesthetically propositioned that the whole garden walk is one flowing activity - I plan to visit this temple again to spend more time in it just basking in its serenity!

Thank Elizabeth L
Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful garden with a little bit of everything and nice and calm. We went during the afternoon but it seems that you can go at night, I imagine with the lights your will have a different experience

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kodai-Ji Temple is a smaller but outstandingly beautiful temple on the lower slopes of the Higashiyama Hills immediately above the Old Town in Kyoto. Built in 1606 by a great Japanese Warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The buildings are lavish in construction with rich interiors and are original. Kyoto was left largely untouched by American bombing during WW2 as it was recognised... More 

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Kodaiji, located on the way from Gion to Kiyomizudera Temple, is certainly one of the main attractions in Higashiyama areas. The temple was built by Nene, the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great statesman in Momoyama Period. Even if you don't know such a history, never mind! The garden of this temple is beautiful. As I visited it, the garden... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight of this temple has to be the gardens, which are beautifully maintained. There is also a small bamboo grove to walk through.

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One of the most beautiful shrines in Kyoto. Very interesting Zen gardens that are different from the usual style you see in other templs​.

Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went at night around 7pm. Crowds fairly minimal and trees lit up to create a great atmosphere. Cherry blossoms were in full tilt.

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