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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 night light show and autumn colours

After experiencing the day time autumn colours last night, I came back to this amazing temple this year for the night time illumination. The autumn colours were in full blast... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After experiencing the day time autumn colours last night, I came back to this amazing temple this year for the night time illumination. The autumn colours were in full blast, while it was not as spell binding as eikando or kiyomizudera. Kodaiji has other tricks on its sleeves. The light show was the main highlight. It features the wonderful autumn... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great temple right in the heart of higashiyama. Very impressive garden and racked stone arrangement. Bamboo and very over Kyoto higher in the garden. But come also when it opens for the night with lighting. Not sure that is all year but certainly was for autumn.

Thank ZN9999
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very crowded and not worth the hassle. I'd head for other attractions in the vicinity like Shoren-in or Chion-in instead. The staff there were pretty curt and inflexible

Thank BeachBumFromSG
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Kodai-ji Temple is Zen Buddhist temple and is located in Eastern Kyoto next to the Ryozen Kannon and a short walk from the popular Kiyomizi-dera Temple. It is also located at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. I visited this temple on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November and enjoyed walking around this nice temple. The cost to enter... More 

Thank rockyjoe
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The autumn foliage is not as good as reviewed. Visited on 26 Nov 2016. Supposed to be peak. But quite disappointing.

Thank Jackie T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kodai-ji is a short and easy walk from Kiyomizu, but doesn't seem to get the same amount of traffic, which is very nice for those who do visit. The grounds are beautiful. There's a small bamboo grove to wander through, a large zen garden with elaborate raked designs, and green, green moss everywhere. We were fortunate to visit when a... More 

Thank ArlettaC
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kodai-ji belongs to a section of Zen Buddhism. The lovely temple has some richly decorated interiors surrounded by amazing zen gardens. During spring and autumn nights, these gardens are lit up with some stunning illuminations. Further up, they have 2 tea houses and in the return path, you will be able to walk through an amazing bamboo grove. It's open... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to see the night illumination of the temple a few nights ago. The climb up to the temple was easy and nice on a slightly chilled evening. The queue to get into the temple was long but it surely moved fast. The view of the illuminated temple and surrounding was nothing but stunning and spectacular. Worth the visit.

Thank David A
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kodaiji temple is a very old temple with a long history. Located in Higashiyama Ward, Kodaiji sits atop a slight hill. It was established in 1605 by the legendary Nene (Kodai-in), the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in honour of her late husband. What is of interest is that it was financed by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was responsible for later wiping... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you don't have time to go to Arashiyama to see and walk the bamboo path there, then this place is the next best thing. Follow the path around as it is a one way street. Well worth the entry free. It only takes about 30 mins but towards the back it gets a bit uphill and then back downhill... More 

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