|Category||Temple / World Heritage|
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.
To-ji Temple is surrounded by four gates in four directions and this is one of them; Nandai-mon gate (南大門).
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.
1 Kujocho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 601-8473, Japan
|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)|
|Access||15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station10 minute walk from Kintetsu To-ji StationCity Bus Stop To-ji Higashi-Mon-Mae, To-ji Minami-Mon-Mae, To-ji Nishi-mon-mae, Kujo Omiya|