Colorful Japanese umbrellas in the bamboo forest at Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto | Beautiful landscape gardens and decorations

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Kodaiji Temple, formally called Kodaijusho-senji, is located in the Higashiyama, Kyoto like many other temples. It is situated a little south of the famous Yasaka Shrine and right next to the war memorial Ryozen Kannon. Its beautiful landscape garden and the beautiful lacquer and gold decorations make this temple worth a visit.

Zen landscape garden with a sakura tree in the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. This pictures is part of our travel guide.

Kodaiji History

The Zen temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro as a memorial to her husband, regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Toyotomi is known as one of the 3 important unifiers of Japan who made it possible for Japan to bloom culturally. Both Kita-no-Mandokoro and Toyotomi are buried in the temple grounds. The pond and landscape garden have been designed by a great designer, and are good examples of Japanese garden architecture.

Its construction was largely financed by shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The end result was a temple that became famous for its magnificent designs and exquisite work. In 1624, Sanko Joei, the abbot of Kenninji Temple, was appointed as the founding priest, and thus Kodaiji became the largest and most important sub-temple of Kennninji.

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Access Information

Access: From Higashiyama-Yasui bus stop
Entrance fee: Adult 600 yen, junior and senior high school student 250 yen
Hours: 9 am – 6.30 pm (last entry 5 pm)

Kodaiji Area Map

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