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Kodai-ji Temple <Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>

Remains of the Ruler’s Utopia, The Cream of Momoyama Culture

Kodai-ji Temple was erected by Kitanomandokoro Nene to honor her husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi after his passing. There are many pieces of architecture and temple treasures that convey the opulent Momoyama culture, found in the garden (Historic Landmark and Designated Place of Scenic Beauty) designed by Kobori Enshu, and the tea houses, Karakasa-tei and Shigure-tei (both Important Cultural Properties) which were relocated from Fushimi Castle. During this special opening, you will have an opportunity to enter the outer sanctum of Nene's grave "Otamaya," (Important Cultural Property), and get a closer view of the “Kodai-ji Temple Makie” of the dais, alter, and entire inner sanctum of the temple.
In the Abbot’s Chamber, you will find a display of a bird and animal-patterned battle surcoat and a padded silk garment worn by Nene, which were made from a repurposed Persian carpet given to Hideyoshi as a gift from Portugal (both reproductions). At the Sho Museum, there are such objects on display as “Uchishiki,” a quilted silk garment which has been repurposed into Buddhist ritual implements, as well as Hideyoshi's beloved “Tang Cane.”

<Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>
Kyoto is well known for its natural splendor, including cherry blossoms and picturesque autumn foliage, but in order to promote Kyoto's more profound charms, like its cultural properties, and traditional culture and industries during the winter season, we are holding the “Kyo no Fuyu no Tabi” Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign. During this period, we hope to have visitors enjoy this side of the city and spend a relaxing time touring. This winter, spend a luxurious time in Kyoto.

*This event is a special openings of cultural heritages. (Not regularly open to the public)

Date & Time

January 10th, 2020 – March 1st , 2020
9:00 - 17:30 *Last Admission : 17:00


15 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station, Keihan Densha
5 minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui bus stop, Bus #206


Adults: 600JPY/Children aged 13 – 18: 250JPY/Children 12 and under: Free


Kyoto City Tourism Association (Tel: +81-75-213-1717)


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