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Kodai-ji Temple

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Night Illumination: Three Times a Year-- Spring, Summer, Autumn

Although, I've visited before, during my last trip, I was able to visit during their Night... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Zen garden

I'm so glad we went here. After exploring the Hirashiyama district, this was a oasis of peace. You... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Metro Manila, Philippines
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526 Kodaiji Shimo-Kawaramachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although, I've visited before, during my last trip, I was able to visit during their Night Illumination or Illuminage, which starts after sunset daily during Spring (mid-March to May), Summer (August), and Autumn (October to early December). In this way, you really get to see...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm so glad we went here. After exploring the Hirashiyama district, this was a oasis of peace. You had to pay an entrance fee, we went to the gardens but didi not go to the museum anymore. The gardens itself was really relaxing

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A samurari and military nobility leader was known as a Shogun and this was his Palace in Kyoto. A walk along verandas with 'nightingale' chimes sounding as you step, leads you through the various waiting rooms, audience room and finally the Shogun's private quarters. Each...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a huge place but very serene and calm. Went there at night for their night autumn show. The show wasn't impressive but worth a watch as its very calming. But the lake was surprisingly good. Manage to take some very good photos of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent temple with many great features. Much has already been renovated and looks so nice. Large area with much to see. Many buildings to view. Does not appear to be one visited by many tour groups, so was very peaceful and quiet. So much more...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

We have visited Kyoto before during Sakura (spring) and visited many temples. This time we are just taking it easy. Kodai-Ji Temple was built in 1605 by a noble woman in memory of her husband. The location is beautiful with winding paths and steps leading...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2018

I was in the mood for a quiet and peaceful tour after the hordes of tourists at Fushimi Inari, and this was just the place. I could stroll leisurely through the grounds and enjoy a contemplative experience.

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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

It’s not on the the top of “must see temple” list but it should have been in the top 5 of Kyoto! A real zen place!

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the gardens around the temple. It was built by a lady in memory of her late husband. The shrines are nothing great though. The whole place has a very calm n peaceful feel.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018 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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29 October 2017|
Response from Claudia C |
No, it is forbidden.
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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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