Attraction 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473,Kyoto Prefecture Published on: 29-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|08:30 AM - 05:30 PM|
Temple & Monument
Toji Temple is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Toji Temple is special ?
Toji Temple was founded in 794 on imperial orders from the Emperor Kammu to pray for national peace and in 823 was given to Kobo Daishi (aka Kukai), the founder of the Shingon school of Japanese Buddhism.The large temple, together with its now defunct sister temple Saiji ("West Temple"), flanked the south entrance to the city and served as the capital's guardian temples.
The plain, wooden main hall (Kondo) dates from 1603 and was built by Hideyori, the son of warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi in a combination of native, Chinese and Indian styles. This building contains statues of the Yakushi (Healing Buddha) and his assistants Nikko and Gakko.
Toji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in the city center of Kyoto, Japan . It is one of Kyoto's many UNESCO world heritage sites.
What to explore at Toji Temple?
Toji’s key structures are a five-storey pagoda, a kondo and a kodo.
The Kondo Hall, one of Toji's original structures, is the temple's main hall and largest building. Just next door stands the Kodo Hall, which was added in 825 by Kobo Daishi and served as the temple's lecture hall
Across from the Kondo and Kodo stands Toji's five storied pagoda, which was originally erected by Kobo Daishi in 826. It stands 57 meters tall, making it the tallest pagoda in Japan, and has become a symbol of both the temple and Kyoto as it can be seen from many places across the city. The ground floor of the pagoda is irregularly opened to the public and houses four smaller Buddha statues.
To the west, outside of the paid area stands the Miedo Hall (Founder's Hall) with a statue of Kobo Daishi. And nearby is the Homotsukan Museum, Toji Temple's treasure house, which displays several large Buddhist statues and other important artifacts. However, the museum is only open from late March to late May and again from late September to late November.
How to get to Toji Temple?
Nearest stations and bus stops:
Kintetsu Line Toji Station (a 10-minute walk)
JR Kyoto Station Hachijo-Exit (a 15-minute walk)
Bus stops : 'Toji Minamimon-mae' , 'Toji Higashimon-mae' , 'Kujo Omiya' and 'Toji Nishimon-mae' bus stops
Source : http://www.toji.or.jp
It takes 2-5 minutes to go here from Kyoto Station ( ￥150 - $1.3)
- Magnificent buddhist temple buildings and alive!
- Very Old Artifacts where Vivid Beauty Survives”
- A spectacular temple and gardens
- Calm temple with impressive sunset
- A spacious inner city temple complex
1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473,Kyoto Prefecture
Tips for you
If you like the delicate and decorative characteristics of Japanese culture, you may like the Kinkaku-ji better. Toji temple is completely different. It is more on the solemn and vast side in aesthetics, with a hint of mysticism. Three main worship halls align neatly on the middle axis on a vast ground lined with big trees, including a gigantic cherry blossom named "unparalleled cherry". Besides the very stunning historical wooden architecture, not to mention the famous 5-storey pagoda which is the tallest of its kind in Japan, I was most impressed by the Buddhist statues inside the two main halls. Because Master Konghai who was given this temple by the government was a Vajrayana Buddhist Master, the statues the monks worship there are not those usually seen in most Chinese or other Japanese temples. Most of them are larger than human size, and are mostly national treasures. They are genuinely fascinating artifacts and I spent a long time gazing at the beautiful expressions and gestures crafted in great details covered now with a layer of faded gold, still glimmering in the rustic background of the wooden architecture. Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside. A separate museum houses a dozen of interesting works of painting of mandalas and a huge thousand-hand Bodhisattva, also with a life-size statue of Master Konghai in attractive depiction of his meditation gesture and running drapery of his robe. The best location to photo the pagoda I think is near the entrance behind the big cherry tree. There is a pond where the reflection of the pagoda creates an absolute poetic view with the impressive wooden structure. Hope the cherry blooms forever
A must-visit, despite its inconvenient location a taxi ride to the southwest of Kyoto Station. Tallest pagoda in Japan. Not much else to see but the pagoda and the lovely garden
Walking distance from Kyoto station. The five story pagoda of Toji is the tallest wooden tower in Japan and part of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto. Worth seeing! Entrance fee about $8.x