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To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple)

Travel Guide - To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple)


To-ji Temple was established in 794 to protect Heian-kyo, the capital of Japan at that time. The temple's official name is Kyoo-Gokoku-ji (The Temple for the Defense of the Nation by Means of the King of Doctrines). Then the temple was handed over from Emperor Saga to Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) in 823, and became the main temple of the Shingon school of Buddhism. Many of the temple's buildings were once destroyed by peasant riots or fire, but they were reconstructed during the Muromachi Period (1336 - 1573) and the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).
The 21 of Buddhist statues in the Kodo lecture hall represent the world of Esoteric Buddhism's Mandala. The Kondo main hall contains statues depicting the Yakushi (Healing Buddha) trinity. The temple's five-story pagoda is the highest wooden pagoda in Japan (54.8 meters) and also designated as a National Treasure. After burnt down several times, the present pagoda was rebuilt in 1644 with support from the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu. Today, the pagoda is regarded as the symbol of Kyoto and can be seen frequently on TV and books.
Kobo-ichi Market is held at the temple on the 21st of each month. Second-hand clothes and antiques are sold at the market.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 16:30 (September 20 - March 19)
  • 8:30 - 17:30 (March 20 - September 19)
  • Treasure House: 9:00 - 17:30 (March 20 - May 25)
  • Treasure House: 9:00 - 16:30 (September 20 - November 25)


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free
  • Kondo Hall, Kodo Hall, Five-story pagoda: 800 yen (General, Adult); 700 yen (Senior high student); 500 yen (Child) *January 1 - March 18, April 26 - May 26
  • Kondo Hall, Kodo Hall, Five-story pagoda: 500 yen (General, Adult); 400 yen (Senior high student); 300 yen (Child) *March 20 - April 25, May 27 - December 31
  • Treasure House: 500 yen (General, Adult); 300 yen (Child) *March 20 - May 25, September 20 - November 25

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 5 minutes walk from Toji Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1, Kujocho, Minami-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-8473


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Edwin (NIMD3) @WINISTERx - 2019-01-18
Day 4.

Psalms 27:4
'One thing have I asked of the Lord , that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the hou… https://t.co/samcNy4oTg
Eileen T O'Neill @Eileenton - 2019-01-18

Temple dog rests with open eyes
Habit knows the old man's ways
Lassitude slows daily prayers
For it's th… https://t.co/rszBwfidB9
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- Rumi (r)
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