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To - ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku - ji Temple)

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Constructed as Toji Temple (literally, "East Temple") to protect the nation at the time of the establishment of Heian-kyo, this temple was converted by Kukai into a seminary of the Shingon sect (Esoteric Buddhism). In addition to the temple, which dates back to the Heian Period, Kyo-o-gokokuji Temple contains buildings dating from the 14th to 17th centuries. The Lecture Hall (Kodo) houses the oldest extant Esoteric Buddhist statues in Japan. The five-tiered pagoda, a National Treasure, rises above the landscape as a symbol of Kyoto. With a height of 57 meters, it is the tallest pagoda in Japan.

Address :
1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone :
Access :
Take city bus to Tojihigashimon Mae
Open :
8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (Mar 20th - Sep 19th), 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. (Sep 20th - Mar 19th)
Fee :
500 yen

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