A Symbol of Kyoto – Japan’s Tallest Five-story Pagoda
To-ji Temple, designated as a world cultural heritage, is the head temple of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. During the construction of the Heian Capital, now Kyoto, it was built as a symbol of national protection, and was later bestowed upon the famous Buddhist priest, Kobo Daishi Kukai. The “Goju no To,” Five-Storied Pagoda (National Treasure), rebuilt by the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu, measures some 55 meters (180 ft) in height, making it the tallest wooden pagoda in all of Japan. The first story of the pagoda, one of the special openings this season, is decorated with brilliantly colored patterns, and houses the four Buddhas of the Kongo World which surround the main Buddha of esoteric Buddhism, Dainichi Nyorai. You will be able to see the various structures around the temple grounds which are a treasure trove of esoteric art, such as the Kondo (national treasure) that enshrines the three statues of Yakushi, and 21 Buddhist statues (16 of which are national treasures, 5 are important cultural properties) that form a three-dimensional mandala inside the lecture hall (important cultural property).
＜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)
January 10th, 2020 – March 18th , 2020
8:30 - 17:00 *Last Admission : 16:30
15 minute walk from Kyoto Station
5 minute walk from Tojimichi bus stop, Bus #205
Adults and Children aged 18 and over: 800JPY / Children aged 16 – 18: 700JPY /Children aged 6 – 15: 500JPY
Kyoto City Tourism Association (Tel: +81-75-213-1717)
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