Toji Temple

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Toji Temple was erected in the late 8th century as a guardian temple of the state when the emperor's palace was moved from Nara to Kyoto. This temple is best known for its 55m five-story pagoda, the highest of its kind in Japan and an iconic landmark in central Kyoto.

A popular flea market (Kobo-san) is held on the 21 of every month, attracting a multitude of locals and tourists. It is a 15-minute walk southwest of Kyoto Station.

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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 35km) Google Transit

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5.0a month ago

Amazing temple. Beautiful gardens and temples. The Buddha’s were stunning.
Gardens featured koi as well as turtles.
The pagoda was amazing.
This is one of the must visit temples when in Kyoto.

5.04 months ago

Breath taking. This is the nearest UNESCO World Heritage site from the place I'm staying. I was lucky enough that the annual market was set up during my visit as there were a lot of things that I could buy. I also love the towering pagoda of this place. One would truly be amazed to see this for the first time.

5.06 months ago

Toji shrine was our first exposure to a Japanese Pagoda- and I’m so happy we were able to find the tallest in Japan! It is very impressive and very old - visitors cannot get access to the pagoda, however, from afar, the structure is magnificent!
We were also able to pay our respects next door at the shrine where the monks were writing and teaching and people were coming in and ringing bells, bowing, throwing coins then praying - we came to learn that is what you do when you want to pray for yourself or someone else.
They also housed very old, very large wooden statues here that looked like had been saved from a fire.
The entire area seemed very old and sacred - I’m so glad we came when it was not too busy. We were able to walk from our hotel - not far from Kyoto Train station. Definitely worth the trip!

4.06 months ago

As a major site, there isn’t a lot to offer especially if you don’t come at the right time. The 5-tier wooden pagoda is stunning framed by the Sakura in spring and probably also in fall foliage. There are some Buddha statues for viewing in both the main and lecture hall but photography is not permitted inside. The temple is within walking distance from Kyoto station.

5.09 months ago

I am lucky enough to see Toji temple everyday on my way to work. It is truly an amazing piece of architecture. The pagoda is a must see if you are visiting Kyoto and it is still impressive when I get the chance to see it close up. The garden surrounding the temple is very pretty throughout the year and a very good spot to come and see the sakura blossoms during the day or at night. There are several statues housed inside of the buildings and on the 21st of each month there is a huge market. You can buy crafts, clothing, and I have even seen a samurai helmet. This is a must visit if you come to Kyoto and easily accessible from Kyoto station.

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Toji Temple is situated 30 minutes away by train from my house. It has very beautiful five-storied Pagoda. This temple was donated to Kukai by Emperor Saga. I see this temple every time I go to Kyoto.

Toji Temple is situated 30 minutes away by train from my house. It has very beautiful five-storied Pagoda. This temple was donated to Kukai by Emperor Saga. I see this temple every time I go to Kyoto.

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Cathy again. As I made a big mistake, I visited Toji on May 15th, 2014. However, I was locked out as I reached the temple after 5 in the afternoon, so I took pictures from the overpass near the temple. Five story pagoda is beautiful wi...

Cathy again. As I made a big mistake, I visited Toji on May 15th, 2014. However, I was locked out as I reached the temple after 5 in the afternoon, so I took pictures from the overpass near the temple. Five story pagoda is beautiful with young leaves in May. I will go there earlier next time. You too be careful! Reach there before 5 in the afternoon!!

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Sorry, but I made a mistake. The last one is about Todaiji temple in Nara, not for Toji. Sorry!!

Sorry, but I made a mistake. The last one is about Todaiji temple in Nara, not for Toji. Sorry!!

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Nara used to be the capital of Japan and has lots of old temples and shrines . Among them, Todaiji temple is the most impressive because it has a huge image of Buddha. You can't miss it when you are in Kansai area. You can enjoy fee...

Nara used to be the capital of Japan and has lots of old temples and shrines . Among them, Todaiji temple is the most impressive because it has a huge image of Buddha. You can't miss it when you are in Kansai area. You can enjoy feeding deer wandering here and there; over 1000 deer are counted now.
They are really tamed and friendly.

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