See a traditional Japanese garden in the Gion area
Kodai-ji Temple is located between the popular sightseeing spots of Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. It was established in 1606 by a noble woman called Nene to mourn her husband Hideyoshi, a famous samurai general who was one of the unifiers of Japan during the Sengoku period (1467-1603). Kodai-ji Temple is well known for its beautiful Japanese garden, with its ponds and numerous historical structures carefully placed throughout. It is open at night during special periods of the year and the garden illuminated for you to enjoy a magical landscape.
The founder’s hall called Kaisan-do, is dedicated to the memory of its first priest. Hideyoshi and Nene’s personal belongings have been incorporated into the structure. The black latticework ceiling used to be the ceiling of Hideyoshi’s private ship, and the flower-patterned ceiling was part of Nene’s court carriage.
The temple grounds are lit up at night for periods of time during the year. The 3D projection mapping show in the rock garden of the main hall is especially worth seeing. In spring, visitors can enjoy both the projection mapping show and the beautiful landscape featuring a breathtaking cherry blossom tree.
Compare the Kasa-tei and the Shigure-tei with the Other Tea Houses
Two unique tea ceremony houses are located on the hillside of the temple grounds. Both were designed by the eminent tea master Sen-no-Rikyu and moved here from Momoyama Castle. Compare them with the other tea houses on the premises.
Experience a Japanese Style Tea Ceremony
There are three tea rooms where you can try matcha green tea. One offers a simple tea ceremony for groups of ten or more, a second is for small groups of two to six people, offering a more genuine tea ceremony experience, and at the third, you are served matcha for you to casually enjoy as you view the garden.
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Kodai-ji Temple / 高台寺
|Category||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
|Directions||From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Gion Shijo Station, take the city bus 207 and get off at the Higashiyama Yasui stop and walk east 5 minutes. From JR Kyoto Station or Kintetsu Kyoto Station, catch the city bus 206 (Higashiyama direction) and get off at the Higashiyama Yasui stop and walk east 5 minutes. From JR Kyoto Station or Kintetsu Kyoto Station, go 15 minutes by taxi. *Due to the narrow streets and lack of parking space, please refrain from coming by a car.|
|Open Hours||9am - 5pm (gates close at 5:30pm and last entry at 5pm)|
|Reservations||All explanations during the tea ceremony are in Japanese. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance and bring your own translator. For groups of ten or more, ￥2500 per person For the genuine style of tea ceremony (2-6 persons) ￥3500 per person The temple admission fee is included in these prices. The same fee is required for translators as well.|
Adults: ￥600 13 - 18 years olds: ￥250 Groups: (30 people or more) ￥500 Discount for 3 places (Kodai-ji Temple, Kodai-ji-sho museum and Entoku-in temple): ￥900 Elementary school children must be accompanied by a guardian (Elementary school child are free)
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
There are brochures in English at the entrance. The tourist information center is alongside the Nene-no-michi (street), which is next to the Daidokoro slope that leads to the entrance of the temple. A free map in English of the area around the temple is offered.
|Information||Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, and more (around 10 languages are available)|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese Only|
|Other||Please do not eat or use selfie sticks, tripods, or monopods on the temple grounds, and do not enter prohibited areas.|