Toji Temple. If you’ve already been to Kyoto (京都) or have seen pictures of it, I’m sure you noticed this amazingly tall Pagoda sticking out over other buildings.
Toji belongs to a famous sect of Japanese Buddhism, the Shingon sect, which has its headquarters on the famous Mount Koya (高野山) south of Kyoto.
Due to its great historical value, Toji temple is yet another one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Unfortunately, The temple burned down once in the 15th century but has luckily been restored to its former beauty.
Toji Temple Grounds
The main feature of the Toji temple is obviously the tall Pagoda. With 57 meters in height, it’s the tallest Pagoda in all of Japan!
Besides that, there is the temple’s main hall, the Kondo Hall and the lecture hall named Kodo Hall right next to it.
Outside of the paid area you can find the Miedo Hall and the treasure house of Toji where all kinds of historic artifacts and statues are on display.
Visiting Toji Temple
In General, it’s your standard temple that follows the same rules as described in this article about visiting a Japanese temple.
Additionally, there are two kinds of markets every month.
On the 21st of every month, a flea market is held in the area surrounding Toji Temple’s paid area. It usually starts in the early morning and goes on until 16:30 in the afternoon.
As per usual flea market, you can buy all sorts of stuff here. You will likely find a good number of items that evolve around temples or historic Japan though! Stuff like sculptures, kimono, art, etc.
Secondly, on the first Sunday of every month, a smaller antique market is held at the same location.
Opening Hours & Admission Fee
- The temple is open every day of week from 8:00 (very early!) to 17:00 with 16:30 as the last entry
- There are no closing days throughout the year
- Entrance fee is 500 Yen (3,85€/$4.55) for the temple itself and 800 Yen (6,15€/$7.27) when there is a special opening of the Pagoda
How to get to Toji Temple
Toji Temple is located very conveniently around 15 minutes Southwest of Kyoto Station (京都駅) by foot.
If you don’t feel like walking that much, you can take the train to Toji Station for 2 minutes and 150 Yen (1,15€/$1.36) on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line and only walk 5 minutes from there.
Toji temple is one of the most impactful temples of Kyoto. The huge Pagoda is a beautiful landmark that underlines the city’s outlook perfectly.
I definitely recommend coming here! Because the temple opens up at 8 in the morning, which is earlier than most, you could easily start your day here.
If possible (depending on the time of your trip), try to visit one of the monthly markets held at the temple, it’s a unique experience!
The giant Pagoda’s lowest floor is usually open to the public as well which is very rare.
If you’re unsure how to visit a Japanese temple, check out my article about this topic!
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