Shrines & Temples

To-ji Temple

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The 5-story 57 meter high pagoda has long served as a city landmark and a center for spiritual and vibrant community life. On the 21st of each month, a large flea market (Kobo-san market) is held on the grounds of To-ji Temple, drawing vendors from all over Japan. Handicrafts, antique clothing and furniture, children's toys, plants and food are available in abundance.

To fulfill an Imperial decree to protect the city, To-ji temple was built in 794. In 823 it changed hands from the emperor to the Shingon sect of Buddhism's originator, Kobo Daishi. The lecture hall contains 21 striking mandala images which encode Shingon teachings, while the main hall of the temple contains a blend of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese architectural styles, as well as statues of healing Buddhas.


* Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, 601-8473

* Tel.: +81-(0)75-691-3325

* Fax.: +81-(0)75-662-0250

* Access: 10-minute walk from To-ji Station on Kintetsu Railway
1-minute walk from City Bus Stop To-ji-higashimon-mae
15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi exit

* Parking: Buses : 2000 yen per 2 hours
Cars : 600 yen First 2 hours, 300yen per 1 hour
Moterbikes : 200 yen First 2 hours, 100yen per 1 hour
* Not available on the 21th day of every month


* Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

* Hours: 8:30 - 17:30 (Mar.20 to Sep.19) (Admission until 17:00)
8:30 - 16:30 (Sep.20 to Mar.19) (Admission until 16:00)

* Closed: Open year round

* Entrance Fees:
《The five-storied pagoda, The Kon-do Hall》
Jan.1 - 4, Jan.5 - 6, Jan.10 - Mar. 18, Apr.26 - May.25, May.26
  Adults: 800 yen
  High School Students: 700 yen
 Junior High and Elementary School Students: 500 yen

  Mar.20 - Apr.25, May.27 - Sep. 19 (The Kon-do Hall Only), Sep.20 - Nov.25, Nov.26 - Dec.31 (The Kon-do Hall Only)
  Adults: 500 yen
   High School Students: 400 yen
  Junior High/ and Elementary School Students: 300 yen

《Kanchi-in》
Jan.1 - 4, Mar.20 - Apr.25, Apr.26 - May.25, Sep.20 - Nov.25
  Adults and High School Students: 500 yen
  Junior High and Elementary School Students: 300 yen

《Koshibo》
Jan.10 - Mar. 18
   Adults and High School Students and Junior High School Students: 600 yen
    Elementary School Students: 300 yen

 《Homotsu-kan》
  Mar.20 - Apr.25, Apr.26 - May.25, Sep.20 - Nov.25
    Adults and High School Students and Junior High School Students: 500 yen
    Elementary School Students: 300 yen