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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


Ananya Chakravarti @achakrava - 2019-05-26
As part of my focus on labor in the temple context, I spent much of today with this self-organized collective of wo… https://t.co/wFKs8utgYz
Anil @Akulkarn1 - 2019-05-26
@SalmanNizami_ People like you are living and earning in the same country where you are opposing building of a temp… https://t.co/Dae7lMzNz3
Badri Narayanan @tebadri - 2019-05-26
@news7tamil This incident happened between the temple authorities and srivaishnavites (both vadakalai & thenkalai)… https://t.co/IzkV18QVUn
Binod Sijapati @binsija - 2019-05-26
@csapkota @narendramodi Of course it has to be a temple - the god inside remains indifferent people were hurt so they may react
Charlotte Wolf @Charlwolfberg - 2019-05-26
I always draw a little doodle of a temple and a man when Lord Templeman delivers a judgment. The net result is that… https://t.co/OP7D5eFRTd
Dank Tweets @Twatterbotscn - 2019-05-26
Instructed a Shirley Temple doll and lawns.”

• “Who built the mess hall to bring back a Shirley Temple doll and man spaghetti?
David M. Lewin @DMLewinChicago - 2019-05-26
We all have our religious beliefs. For me, it is racing.
It is the High Holy Day in that religion. First, we worsh… https://t.co/zeGIEuuyfg
Deccan Herald @DeccanHerald - 2019-05-26
. @narendramodi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday to thank the people for 'reposing fait… https://t.co/smGL3GibpZ
Deejay @deejaykundangri - 2019-05-26
@jb7093 @RaiAtulRai @_pallavighosh @ANI @smritiirani Then which says women should not enter temple? Why Smriti and… https://t.co/LC3ldR6NTy
Holy Ground Ministries @RevDrDannyCull - 2019-05-26
what you put in the temple is what you believe, believing sin destroys the temple; smoking a cigarette does not des… https://t.co/VKFshWOhvr
Incoherent Gibberish @teaandamovie - 2019-05-26
The least believable part of Minority Report is that the floor to ceiling windows in the Temple are shatterable pan… https://t.co/v4lIYSx58n
Iza @xxxweronika1 - 2019-05-26
@thejohnnycastle @temple_xo write to me pleas
June Tanoue @Kaililani - 2019-05-26
A perfect place for the sacred dance of Hula - the sanctuary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple. Coming up on Jun… https://t.co/JIqpLTeusZ
Melvyn John Peters @MELPET_TEMPLE - 2019-05-26
And not forgetting that you never took me up on this at @DominicRaab My definition of a leader would certainly not… https://t.co/gAQGLKCdbw
Patty Bombs @PatriickDoyle - 2019-05-26
@saintseamus Slide to temple
Rachel Marie, Writer @rachelmzmarie - 2019-05-26
Top story: @OxfordDiplomat: 'Never forget Boris Johnson tried to recite a poem about British colonialism in a forme… https://t.co/Mv1IvPzXfi
Rosemonster🔸#FBPE #FBR #FPHD #StopBrexit @sarah_richens - 2019-05-26
@krishgm By playing chicken with a no deal Brexit. That is their plan, holding a metaphorical gun to their own temp… https://t.co/l8sGse8YFl
S. Kanaaneh @PalestineReverb - 2019-05-26
@ScipioBarca @LuanaGoriss Oh definitely, was more thinking of Loony :). The Nabataeans were an incredible Arab peop… https://t.co/ppw2nqIfXH
Saif Shaikh @Mr__47 - 2019-05-26
@MhndrP @IsmailAssenjee @miss9afi Chacha !!!

First let the lower caste Hindus to enter into the temple.

First let… https://t.co/7SM5p1zAao
Steve Rogers @thevigilantcap - 2019-05-26
@anthnyestark 'alright, let me know if you do' Steve smiles softly at Tony then before he places a kiss on his temp… https://t.co/cv0uxMmYyJ
Sushant @itssushya - 2019-05-26
@EconomicTimes We need a Cersei Lannister blowing up the great sept level intervention to separate church “temple i… https://t.co/zfa6RfbIsN
The Cutting Edge Ministries @CuttingEdge_NG - 2019-05-26
We are the temple of God. We are not going to be the temple of God, you are not pressing in the Spirit so you will… https://t.co/QzFczJuJMl
digibank by DBS @digibank - 2019-05-26
@ItsManish_ Hi Manish, we're here to help you. We've one branch in Delhi. Address: Capital Point, Connaught Place,… https://t.co/xN6dZTDm7E
ℰ𝒸𝓁𝒾𝓅𝓈𝒶 @PunishedforLove - 2019-05-26
@LimbPlucker ❝Well, there is also that old abounded place that people called a Monster Temple.

It's been empty for… https://t.co/QOA8oPGGrW
(☄)光よ。 @WHlTEMAGE - 2019-05-26
Last day in Japan today, so took a(nother) moment to visit a shrine. As the gods would have it ( 😉), there were a l… https://t.co/yUac7DFvQq
🇬🇭 ICGC Worldwide @icgcworldwide - 2019-05-26
As a Christian, where ever you are, you are blessed. You don’t have to travel outside to make it. Where ever you ar… https://t.co/AvGKVjB9Mo
🇬🇭 ICGC Worldwide @icgcworldwide - 2019-05-26
As a result of bad counsel, a lot of people are doing the wrong things. May the name of God bring counsel to us alw… https://t.co/v8wSzfYmHU
🇬🇭 ICGC Worldwide @icgcworldwide - 2019-05-26
The enemy will beg you when you know how to use the name of God in all things.

🎙️| Rev. Charles Appah
⛪| LIVE at… https://t.co/9TgtVhzTF3
💤Exhausted Cooking🔥 @jettiebettie - 2019-05-26
So, because I seduced a temple virgin in another life I guess, The Powers That Be have cursed my body to act agains… https://t.co/sDW08HGIv4
*Rebellious Jezebel* @MaggieSkitty - 2019-05-25
@chuuzus Nerd jew chic. It's coming to temple.
A M KHAN @amkhan1084 - 2019-05-25
Deepest Condolences to the families of the ones who lost their lives at a Temple of Learning, in Surat.
Alex Newman @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU - 2019-05-25
@RedTexasyall @LooneyTunes002 Mid-August, but unfortunately I don't think we have anything scheduled in Dallas yet.… https://t.co/OhZflvKgvP
Amal Ghosh @AmalGho95071221 - 2019-05-25
@narendramodi Dear Sir,
Congratulations on massive won in election.We are always with you. Never forget the poor pe… https://t.co/o3pqWJYlsg
Amanda Cameron LDR @AmandaSCameron - 2019-05-25
@votedave @bathlive @WeLoveBath You’ll have to jump on a train to Bristol, Dave! They’re now based in the same buil… https://t.co/kK9SE36yNV
Balasubramaniam @ThiruGeneva - 2019-05-25
John Man, Atlas of the Year 1000 (Harvard University Press, 1999 - 'An inscription in a temple on India's southern… https://t.co/xBxROXG67o
Bran The Don @UPGRAYEDD25 - 2019-05-25
@JamieGump @TomiLahren I have and the part where Christ threw the Jews outta the temple for usury in his name...bri… https://t.co/vDGkOFwag7
Carina del Valle Schorske @FluentMundo - 2019-05-25
'News has reached me via the Upper Euphrates that you were visiting with my childhood friend Nisaba. I am devastate… https://t.co/oObOkx1QpO
Carnivalization @JakeCarney00 - 2019-05-25
@ninaandtito Cyrus was king of Persia, Iran. From the country they want to bomb. In Trumps fraudulent second term,… https://t.co/6Klx0II0E1
Chad Hartigan @chadhartigan - 2019-05-25
'You have until the end of the month to pick up your flax shawls and sandals or else I will donate them to the temp… https://t.co/lPcwqY2sM0
Chad Temple @Temple_Chad - 2019-05-25
@Selzerj_23 You and @astasha18 have sent this to me lol
Chickoowedsrambo @Chickoowedsram1 - 2019-05-25
@Tejasvi_Surya Good morning Tejasvi, i had tweeted you yesterday. Bangalore Disaster Rescue Force is not sophist… https://t.co/xPKJ7xFQtW
Chief ROCKa @alysSAWRAH - 2019-05-25
Saw Shirley Temple and for a sec thought OP was saying she was alive when Shirley Temple films first dropped. Was g… https://t.co/M72b1lFfSs
David Morada @CrazyD315 - 2019-05-25
@ohmy_mercedes Come to temple tomorrow?
ENGLENTINE FROM I LOVE COMICS @Englentine - 2019-05-25
This is not a good day. I treat my body like a temple filling it with nachos and Ice Cream, making sure it never h… https://t.co/943n3uZn4A
Holly C @belle_inreality - 2019-05-25
@WarnekeReading I haven't, but my optician recommended coating the part of the eyeglass temple that grabs with clea… https://t.co/mUM5yQmVTq
IronicPriesthood @ironicprsthd - 2019-05-25

bUt WE wANt to KeEP ouR MoNEy!! Lol
Jesus Only Radio @jesusonlyradio - 2019-05-25
Now Playing on 'JesusOnlyRadio' Greater Refuge Temple Church Choir - Oh The Joy That Came to Me - Refuge Temple
Jews for Judaism @jewsforjudaism - 2019-05-25
@YossiDina will you join at our charity poker tournament next week (Thursday, May 30th) at Sephardic Temple in West… https://t.co/HsSsEIATtr
Jodi Temple @Jodee_Temple - 2019-05-25
Up bright and early to drive down to London 😣 on the bright side can not wait to see #Betrayal later this evening a… https://t.co/8ZgbctieUE
John D. A. Vogel @johndavogel - 2019-05-25
Starting with the bad stuff. His release is a little low, which allows his passes to be batted down at the line of… https://t.co/nIIwzjo8mH
Jonathan Russell @JRussell7899 - 2019-05-25
Solomon spared no expense in building the temple. It was a remarkable sight to behold, but it wasn't built to win a… https://t.co/WQyEDaPOos
José Gómez @christthetrue12 - 2019-05-25
Psalm 18:6 In my trouble I called to the Lord. Yes, I cried out to my God for help. There in his temple he heard my… https://t.co/PBF4Tvj0iq
Kaiser Wunderbar @KaiserWunderbar - 2019-05-25
@stm_Orange Can you please reduce the frequency of times you announce interruption repeatedly!!! Can you reduce the… https://t.co/bZscHKr74D
Kallie @kalls02 - 2019-05-25
i wish i was back in simpler times watching Wonder Pets then the empire today commercial would come on after the Sh… https://t.co/8adZYgytPO
Madhusudan🇮🇳 @Madhusudanan99 - 2019-05-25
@strawsInTheWind @Kuvalayamala @narendramodiji Ayyappa had to seek votes for bjp in other states. Kerala hindus hav… https://t.co/duo3YtbWNw
NG Banerjee @mr_ngb - 2019-05-25
In 1957, Nehru visited Tokyo, Japan. He visited The Renkozi temple to establish the Air crash theory of Netaji but… https://t.co/3VQSGpD9zp
NINTENDO BIG TYMER$ @NintendoBigTyme - 2019-05-25
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Nintendo NES Sealed ... – $1250.00 https://t.co/RkAmFE9I68 https://t.co/qiwW6hKcq2
Okita Souji @Okita_txt - 2019-05-25
@Makoto__txt *hes a little sad now but curious he wants to know everything he can about Makoto*

Humor me, I doubt… https://t.co/gTrCTbrKLy
Peter Boxall @realalternative - 2019-05-25
#RAS Ancestors Articles Gobekli Tepe the oldest Temple in the world https://t.co/DO52Ln9wu2 That might mean that ou… https://t.co/vmYKPOjxou


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