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  • Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Chashitsu Tea Room At The Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Tsukiyama Garden Within Kodaiji Temple In Kyoto

  • Tsukiyama Garden Within Kodaiji Temple In Kyoto

  • Kodaiji Temple Higashiyama District Kyoto

  • Otamaya Hall Kodaiji Temple In Kyoto

  • Bamboo Grove Kodaiji Temple In Kyoto

  • Ryozen Kannon Near Kodaiji Temple In Kyoto

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Facts & Figures

Kodai-ji is one of the greatest Zen temple in Kyoto. The temple officially known as Kodaiji-jushozenji belongs to the Rinzai buddhist sect. The place is famous for its gardens. The gardens are designated by the Japanese Government as a historic site and place of scenic beauty. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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Architect and landscape designer Kobori Enshu (1579-1647) created several of the formal gardens. Many buildings and objects of the temple are important cultural properties of Japan like the Kaisan-do Hall (Founder's Hall), Kasa-tei (Teahouse), Shigure-tei (Teahouse), Otama-ya (Sanctuary), Omotetmon (Gate to Sanctuary) and Kangetsudai (Moon Viewing Pavilion).

  • Kodaiji Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 5:00 pm)
  • Admission Fee - 600 yen (Adults), 250 yen (Students), free (Children)
  • Entokuin Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 5:00 pm)
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen (Adults)
  • Kodai-ji Sho Museum:
  • Opening Hours - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm during Kodai-ji Temple's nighttime opening)
  • Admission Fee - 300 yen (Adults)
  • 3 places combi ticket (Kodai-ji Temple, Kodai-ji Sho Museum and Entokuin Temple):
  • Admission Fee - 900 yen (Adults)

History

In 1606 Kodai-ji temple was founded in memory of general Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) by his wife Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) also known as Nene. The shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) donated the money to built this beautiful temple.

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Kodaiji is located in the Higashiyama District north east of Yasaka Hokanji Temple in Kyoto.
Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Kodai-ji?

  • 15min from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui stop by bus number 100 or 206 and
  • 10min walk from Higashiyama Yasui bus stop to Kodaiji temple

Sightseeing spots

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Main Hall (Hojo) - was rebuilt after an fire in 1912

Entokuin Temple - a small subtemple of Kodaiji including two Zen gardens

Kaisan-do Hall (Founder's Hall) - is dedicated to the founder of the temple priest Sanko Joeki, his statue is located within the building

Zen Gardens - enjoy the different styles like a rock garden or tsukiyama style garden (featuring a pond)

Iho-an Tea Ceremony House (The Cottage of Lingering Fragrances) - is known for its large circular window

Otamaya - small mausoleum dedicated to Hideyoshi and Nene

Garyo-ro (Lying dragon corridor) - connects Kaisan-do Hall and Otamaya

Bamboo Grove - this place creates a beautiful atmosphere and is perfect for a rest

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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