Historical temple with a tallest pagoda in Japan close to Kyoto Station
To-ji Temple, one of the world heritage sites, was built as the south entrance of Heiankyo (the former name of Kyoto city) in 794. The highest Pagoda (55 meters) in Japan comes into your eyes from the Shinkansen (bullet train) as you approach the JR Kyoto Station. When the cherry blossoms called Fuji Sakura blooms, many people visit the temple to take photos of the 13-meter tall cherry tree.We highly recommend visiting there around the end of March and the beginning of April. There are some interesting old buildings where you can see a lot of statues of Buddha. You would feel that they are very awesome even though you are not a Buddhist.
It is the most popular spot in To-ji Temple among visitors, enjoy taking many photos from various angles. During the special exhibition from January and March every year, you can enter the ground floor and see a gorgeous picture of the Buddha. The schedule of the exhibition changes yearly. Check their website (in English and other languages) for details.
The Kondo Hall
Built in the 8th century, the Kondo hall was burned down in 1486 and reconstructed in 1603. Its roof was designed based on both the Japanese irimoya style and the Hindu style. The Yakushi Nyorai statue stands in the center of the hall. The statue is believed to heal your sickness. If you have any problems in your body, it may be a good idea to pay a visit to the statue for its blessing.
Making Your Wishes At Chinshu-Hachimangu Shrine
Do you have any dream that you wish to make it come true? This shrine may help you! Although it is located inside of To-ji, you can visit the shrine without paying for any extra entrance fee.
Browsing the To-ji Kobo Market
On the 21st of every month, the To-ji Kobo Market is held in the temple. A wide range of valuable Japanese antiques are sold reasonably and you could get a discount if you are very good at a negotiation. Just browsing there is really great to get to know about the market if you visit the market for the first time. See more info through the following article. To-ji Kobo
Manner & Tips
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Please do not take any photos of the Buddha statues and have any food inside the temple.
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To-ji Temple / 東寺
|Category||Temples & Shrines|
|Address||1, Kujocho, Minami-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-8473|
|Directions||15-minute walk from JR Line Kyoto Stn. (Hachijo-guchi Exit)|
|Open Hours||March 20th - April 17th : 5am - 5pm April 18th - September 19th : 5am - 6pm September 20th - March 19th : 5am - 4:30pm|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
English, Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese leaflets are available.
|Information||English, Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese leaflets are available|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|