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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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Great location if you're visiting Kyoto as it's near some of the more charming streets. The history of the temple is also interesting and it's refreshing to visit a temple devoted... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Prosser, Washington
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Prosser, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location if you're visiting Kyoto as it's near some of the more charming streets. The history of the temple is also interesting and it's refreshing to visit a temple devoted to a woman. Unfortunately, we arrived very close to closing, so we dashed through, but it was still amazing. The bamboo forest tucked behind is lovely--and as dusk approached... More 

Thank OSF35
Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the temples with rock garden. Very tranquil in the morning, but when the crowd comes, it looses the atmosphere

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yet another gorgeous Kyoto temple. Maple leaves galore, a bridge, a bamboo grove...perfect! It's better to visit either early in the morning or close to sunset.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens and temple buildings, I particularly liked the zen garden here. We had a green tea and sweet in the teahouse whilst watching the snow fall in the gardens...it was just magical.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This temple is highlighted by its walking path in the rear gardens - a well maintained pathway that takes you through ponds, zen gardens, and borders the forest. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank loveDCA
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you have limited time there, just buy a ticket to visit the temple's beautiful zen and tranquil garden. It's worth it.

Thank Gaelleloe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Many of the temples in Kyoto light up their grounds in the fall for foliage viewing. Kodaiji was nicely lit up with balance of water and different colored leaves. Oh, and the walk in the lit up bamboo forest. It was beautiful. We also got to enjoy a short light show. Search kodaiji illumination to get dates/hours of operation

Thank ivan h
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The temple as well as the various gardens are simply peaceful as well as elegant. Take the time to simply take in the beauty and meditate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Came here after strolled down sannen-zaka & ninen-zaka path before the temple closed. Contrast with the crowded tourist favourite spot Kiyomizu-dera temple, I found not so much tourist came here at that time, so we could enjoy this place more. Sit down in the timber finished floor veranda while facing the beautiful zen garden gives us a sense of peace.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Kodai-ji Temple is particularly beautiful at night time when illumination decorations are lid. We have visited this place in day time during our trip here by late November and the fall colors seemed to disappear. Nonetheless the bamboo garden was pleasant for visitors.


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