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Kodai-ji 1605, the temple and gardens are spread over a large area , walk able through some... read more

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The sand was raked into special intricate patterns and a pleasant garden trail takes you on a... read more

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526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 3 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful sacred site with a huge statue of Lord Buddha overlooking the bamboo gardens. The trail of the gardens is a must do and the shopping in the traditional streets below the temple was special and quaint.

Thank Sangeeta S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Also in the Gion area of Kyoto is Kodai-ji Temple. This is a marvelous complex of old buildings - one very much worth visiting - but be award the slope to walk up the complex is very steep and good mobility is necessary to view...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I would think that the key to this one is all about your timing. It is a steep climb up stairs, but once there a lovely place to visit and definitely pay to visit the zen garden and tea house.

Thank The_Crofter
Reviewed 3 June 2018

I really needed a rest after the steep walk up the hill, the effort was worth it though as the temple & shrine are an excellent example of ancient Japanese culture. Having said that there are thousands of almost identical temples across the nation. Travelling...More

Thank David-Herd
Reviewed 2 June 2018

The temple complex is not intended for visitors with mobility issues even if arriving by car and parking in the lot. The other entrance requires walking up stone steps. The complex includes a temple, a rock zen garden, several pavilions, bridges, a small bamboo garden,...More

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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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23 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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