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Sep. 09, 2020 UPDATE
Kodai-ji Temple’s Special Night Entrance - 高台寺夜間拝観 -
Traveler Friendly
This temple is in the Higashiyama area where there are many sightseeing spots so there are quite a few travelers. The walk from the bus stop is short, but take the time to enjoy the atmospheric sights on the way to the temple.
Information
Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese.
PeriodSummer Special Entrance: August 1st to 18th, 2020 Autumn Special Entrance: October 23th to December 13th, 2020 Spring Special Entrance: TBD
VenueKodai-ji Temple
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Sep. 09, 2020 UPDATE

Kodai-ji Temple’s Special Night Entrance

- 高台寺夜間拝観 -
Traveler Friendly
This temple is in the Higashiyama area where there are many sightseeing spots so there are quite a few travelers. The walk from the bus stop is short, but take the time to enjoy the atmospheric sights on the way to the temple.
Information
Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Languages spoken
Only Japanese.
6942 74 --- 0 reviews
PeriodSummer Special Entrance: August 1st to 18th, 2020 Autumn Special Entrance: October 23th to December 13th, 2020 Spring Special Entrance: TBD
VenueKodai-ji Temple
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Enjoy the beautiful illuminations and projection mapping of the Kodai-ji Temple's special nighttime light up event.
Kodai-ji is a temple that enshrines the daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his wife Nene.
In spring, summer and autumn, the temple also holds special nighttime "illumination" events.
In spring, the lights and projection mapping shows bring to life the beautiful temple and its surrounding cherry blossoms, while the green leaves of summer make the temple feel like a cool refuge on a hot and humid summer's night.
Meanwhile, autumn brings an entirely different ambiance, with the dark red of the leaves of the trees providing a more solemn, dignified feel.
Everything from the elegant garden and bamboo grove to the magnificent temple buildings themselves are lit up in a in a simple, yet graceful way, which is why so many people attend these events every year.
In addition to the lights, Koda-ji Temple is also famous for its various 3D projection mapping shows where they bring together the ancient landscape of the temple and the newest projection technology.
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Autumn illumination
Autumn Lights
Kodai-ji Temple is widely known to be a great place to see autumn leaves. The Garyochi pond is surrounded by maple trees, and in autumn, these trees turn beautiful shades of yellow and red. The beautiful reflection of the illuminated autumn leaves together with the Kaisan-do Hall is a sight that cannot be missed.
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Spring illumination
Spring Lights
In spring, the famous weeping cherry tree of the Hojo Garden is lit up. The lights in the garden are also coupled with a projection mapping show, giving you the most magnificent scene of a cherry blossom tree, tranquil zen garden and cutting edge light show.
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