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To-ji Temple

東寺(とうじ)
Area South
Category Temple / World Heritage

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To-ji Temple, formally known as Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple, is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect, located in Minami-ku Kyoto city, southwest of Kyoto station. the temple was established by imperial edict in 796 as the city's guardian temple. "To-ji" literally means "East Temple". There once was a "Sai-ji", literally means "West Temple". both temples stood alongside the "Rasho-mon Gate", famous city gates built during the Heian Period(794-1185), is the gate to the Heian capital. To-ji Temple is famous for its five-story pagoda. it's the 57-meter (180-foot) tall and is the highest wooden tower in Japan. it was reconstructed in 1695 after having burned five times. UNESCO designated To-ji Temple a World Heritage Site in 1994.

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To-ji Temple is surrounded by four gates in four directions and this is one of them; Nandai-mon gate (南大門).

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In addition to the five-story pagoda, its highlights include Kondo Hall (金堂)(Photo left), a national treasure, and Kodo Hall (講堂)(Photo right), an important cultural asset.

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Hyotan-ike (Gourd Pond)

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Five-story pagoda

Address 1 Kujocho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 601-8473, Japan
京都府京都市南区九条町1
Tel 075-691-3325
Open 8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. Tickets sold until 5:00pm (3/20 - 9/19)
8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. Tickets sold until 4:00pm (9/20 - 3/19)
Admission 500yen
URL http://www.toji.or.jp/
Access 15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
10 minute walk from Kintetsu To-ji Station
City Bus Stop To-ji Higashi-Mon-Mae, To-ji Minami-Mon-Mae, To-ji Nishi-mon-mae, Kujo Omiya
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