Kodai-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Kodaiji Zen Temple is located in eastern Kyoto just south of Yasaka Shrine. This temple was established in 1606 by the noblewoman called Nene in memory of her late husband, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoashi is renowned as the person who unified the nation of Japan. Even though he was from the lowest class of samurai family, He could be the top vassal by a lot of talents and communication skills. This his incredible promotion had come true by Nene's support. After they passed away, they had been very popular among people at that time. Temple visitors feel that Kodaiji was very humanity. One reason is Kodaiji was made while Nene was still alive. In the temple buildings, their belongings and cherish parts from the castle where they lived together were used.
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  • James A
    London, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great evening at the night show
    Went to the light show in the evening. Really exciting with the autumn trees lit up in red and orange and greens and then a perfect reflection, like a mirror by the lake. The bamboo forest was lit up with spots that moved around which looked stunning and they also had a movie plying where patterns wee played over the gravel terrace and building. All for 600 yen, a great evening activity !!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It has bamboo too!
    It is both a temple and a mini-Arashiyama. The temple itself is gorgeous, although that was not the star of my show. I absolutely adored walking through a canopy of red leaves to enter a two-minute walk (I made it significantly longer) surrounded by bamboo. I felt as though I had gone to Arashiyama without the crowds. The temple itself is gorgeous, and I remember thinking to myself that it was a better version of Ninnaji. The entrance is also stunning; steps shaded by scarlet and maroon leaves. The building itself was not all that impressive, but I loved the complex as a whole. I would highly recommend to anyone who is visiting Kiyomizu-dera.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States5,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some Construction
    The grounds for the Kodaiji Temple was a lot larger than I expected. After paying admission and upon entering, the pathway was initially under construction but just for the beginnjng portion only. The main hall (hojo) required the removal of shoes and I carried them in a plastic bag throughout. It was partially under construction so not much to see. A large rock garden in the back could’ve used a bit more raking to make the lines more distinct like other rock gardens we saw on this trip. Right outside the main hall was a very nice garden and great for taking some beautiful pictures of the temple grounds. A little further was the mausoleum that housed Hideyoshi and Nene (no photos allowed inside) but you could view their figures. If you do not have time to visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest then one can walk through the temple’s own bamboo grove. It was smaller and less crowded. Once the renovation in the main hall is completed then there might be more to see in the future.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,023 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The grounds for the Kodaiji Temple was a lot larger than I expected.

After paying admission and upon entering, the pathway was initially under construction but just for the beginnjng portion only.

The main hall (hojo) required the removal of shoes and I carried them in a plastic bag throughout. It was partially under construction so not much to see. A large rock garden in the back could’ve used a bit more raking to make the lines more distinct like other rock gardens we saw on this trip.

Right outside the main hall was a very nice garden and great for taking some beautiful pictures of the temple grounds. A little further was the mausoleum that housed Hideyoshi and Nene (no photos allowed inside) but you could view their figures.

If you do not have time to visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest then one can walk through the temple’s own bamboo grove. It was smaller and less crowded.

Once the renovation in the main hall is completed then there might be more to see in the future.
Written 6 January 2024
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is both a temple and a mini-Arashiyama. The temple itself is gorgeous, although that was not the star of my show. I absolutely adored walking through a canopy of red leaves to enter a two-minute walk (I made it significantly longer) surrounded by bamboo. I felt as though I had gone to Arashiyama without the crowds. The temple itself is gorgeous, and I remember thinking to myself that it was a better version of Ninnaji. The entrance is also stunning; steps shaded by scarlet and maroon leaves. The building itself was not all that impressive, but I loved the complex as a whole. I would highly recommend to anyone who is visiting Kiyomizu-dera.
Written 11 December 2023
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1960ms
Bangalore District, India146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Worth seeing... beautiful temple.... loved the architecture.... and beautiful scenery around the temple conolex....
Written 5 November 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A small and serene temple with a scenic garden. Although it's located in a bustling district, it wasn't too busy. One of the halls had a beautifully painted ceiling.
Written 1 November 2023
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James A
London, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went to the light show in the evening. Really exciting with the autumn trees lit up in red and orange and greens and then a perfect reflection, like a mirror by the lake. The bamboo forest was lit up with spots that moved around which looked stunning and they also had a movie plying where patterns wee played over the gravel terrace and building. All for 600 yen, a great evening activity !!
Written 22 October 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Kōdai-ji Temple, a cherished gem in Kyoto, captivates with its serene ambiance and stunning Zen gardens. The elegant architecture and rich cultural heritage leave an indelible impression. A visit to this historic treasure immerses one in Japan's profound spirituality and tranquil beauty, making it a must-see destination for any Kyoto traveler.
Written 21 July 2023
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Andersonfw
Charleston, SC130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Very good temple worth a visit. Doesn’t take much time - <1h. There was some construction going on while I was there. Didn’t diminish the experience for me.
Written 21 June 2023
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lovetotravel560
Arnold, MD788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a smaller but beautiful temple in the heart of Kyoto. There are nice walking trails through the complex.
Written 8 May 2023
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tas2022
Hong Kong, China158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Seeing Sakura at night with illuminations is just like magic spell bringing Alice into wonderland; marring the cultural heritage of Kyoto with modern lighting. It’s a big leap in history!
Written 24 March 2023
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tsai2009
Orange County, CA501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Twice visited during sun down.
Entire place light up with different color of lights reflecting it’s night scene of the garden. This year it added spectacular light sculpture technology with music added in providing a new look to the scenery.
Brings up livelihood of the entire garden.
Written 30 December 2022
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