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Kodaiji temple is situated in a very popular tourist spot in Kyoto. Founded in 1606, it was created to rest the soul of the powerful leader, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after his death by his wife, Nene. When it was founded, it was a massive and magnificent temple, sustained by Tokugawa Ieyasu who started Edo shougunate. Yet it was burnt down after many fires later on. Now, it was recreated as it used to be, containing several important cultural properties that remained intact. Furthermore, the garden standing in front of Higashiyama mountain looks so beautiful. As a result, it was chosen as a scenic beauty and historical site.
- 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 10-min bus ride with City bus No. 206 from JR Kyoto Station. Get off at Higashiyama-Yasui stop. 5-min walk from here. Or 20-min walk from Gion-Shijo station on Keihan line.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
- Admission fee
- 600 yen
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Elegant and original "Kodaiji Makie"
Makie is a technique where after drawing pictures and letters with lacquer, you add gold or silver powder on it before it dries out. This makie, which is a famous Japanese lacquer technique, is used inside Otamaya where Hideyoshi and Nene's statues rest in peace. Known as Kodaiji Makie, you can still see the elegant and original art style of the period.
Important cultural property: Kaizando
This important cultural property is built in 1605. It used as a place where a statue of Buddha rests in peace. This hall has a particularity, which is the colorful ceiling painted in trees and plants of each season. On top of that, the part of the ceiling is created with the ceiling of the ship that Hideyoshi used to take and a noble car that his wife Nene used to ride.
Beautiful weeping cherry blossom trees
Weeping cherry blossom trees are known as typical cherry blossom of Kodaiji. The most famous one is a cherry blossom tree that is situated between Hondo and Chokushimon. In the beautiful garden filled with white sand, weeping cherry blossom tree flowers flourish every year. The garden is organized charmingly according to the themes of spring and autumn each year.
Original tea rooms
There are many excellent tea rooms in Kyoto, where a number of masters of tea ceremony competed with each other in expression. Therefore, there are many original tea rooms in Kodaiji as well. Especially, Kasatei with typical architecture and a rare two-story tea house, Shiguretei, are chosen as important cultural properties.
Autumn leaves in fall
In fall, the temple territory is decorated with approx. 1000 trees changing their leaves in red and yellow, especially inside the garden. The illumination at night is particularly popular. The charming illumination attracts many people. You shouldn't miss the autumn leaves reflected on Garyochi pond like a mirror.
Experience zen meditation and tea ceremony
At Kodaiji, you can experience zen meditation and tea ceremony. It would be a great opportunity to experience Japanese traditional culture, zen meditation and tea ceremony. Why don't you try these out? (Each activity is limited in number. Reservation is mandatory)
Spiritual bamboo forest
There is also a bamboo forest inside the temple territory. It is also mysteriously illuminated at night, along with autumn leaves. It has become one of the highlights of Kodaiji to see the long green bamboos that move against the wind.