To-ji Temple


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Open Hours
1-12: Mon-Sun: - 08:30-17:30
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About this sight

This Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect is located in the heart of the traditional city of Kyoto. To-ji Temple is best known for its five-story pagoda, the highest wooden tower in Japan.

Founded in 796 under the supervision of Emperor Kammu, this temple has several different features such as the five-story pagoda, the kondo (also known as the Golden Hall) and a traditional Japanese garden with a pond full of koi fish. The five-story pagoda is the tallest wooden tower in Japan and dates back to the Edo period. Later, it was rebuilt by the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. Although entering the pagoda is possible, admission is only permitted a few days a year. A flea market is also held on the 21st of each month and offers a variety of antiques, clothes, pottery, art, and even food.