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Kodai-ji Zen Temple (高台寺)

This temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City was founded in 1606 to pray for Toyotomi Hideyoshi's happiness in the next life by his wife, Nene. Along with a mausoleum for the both of them, you can also visit the front gate of former Fushimi castle, the Kasatei teahouse, the Shiguretei teahouse, the Kaisando hall which holds favorite mementos of the two, and the Mizukidai pavilion (all of which are Important Cultural Properties of Japan). The fine gold lacquer work on the Buddha dais and miniature shrine within the mausoleum are masterpieces of Momoyama-period artwork and known as Kodai-ji Temple Makie. The garden on site surrounding a small pond is not to be missed and has been nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty as well as a Historic Site. It is lit up during the sakura cherry blossom season in spring, at night in summer, during the gorgeous foliage season in fall, and on New Year's Eve.


Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755619966

9:00-17:30 (17:00 Information desk closed)
※ Spring, Summer, Fall, New Year's Eve SundayDinner Admission fee available

Review of Kodai-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/02/10 Amazing garden- amongst the best in Japan
Not having much expectations from here, we were amazed at this temple. The temple itself is not much to rave about, but the gardens are the amongst absolute best I saw in my time in Japan. The size...
Reviewed:2020/01/17 Autumn colour illuminations
I was in Kyoto mid-November and happily I came here while their night time illuminations were on. It was quite eerie but very beautiful. It was also packed! I very much enjoyed it nevertheless.
Reviewed:2019/12/31 Tea Tour of Japan 2019
Spent the afternoon here while on the World Tea Tours - Tea Tour of Japan 2019. Enjoyed an introduction to the temple as well as a private tea ceremony all while wearing Kimono. A delight.

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Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526 [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
9:00-17:30 (17:00 Information desk closed)
※ Spring, Summer, Fall, New Year's Eve SundayDinner Admission fee available
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] Adults600yen, junior and senior high school 250yen, group (30people and above) 500yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Available (Available smoking area next to Grounds south side Riseido)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.