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Green maple at Toji Temple

Familiar at Kobo Market [Toji Temple]

In 796 (Enryaku 15), two years after Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian, it was built by the government as a temple to protect the nation. In 823 (Konin 14), Emperor Saga entrusted it to Kukai (Kobo Daishi), and it became the main training hall of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On April 21st (March 21st of the lunar calendar), the anniversary of Kukai's death, Shomieiku is held, and on the 21st of every month, the anniversary of Kukai's death. On the same day, a fair called Kobo-ichi is held in the precincts, and especially the first Kobo in January is crowded with many people.
It is also known as a famous place for autumn leaves, and the contrast between the red and yellow trees and the five-storied pagoda is a must-see. During special visits at night, the precincts are lit up, and you can enjoy a fantastic scenery that is different from the daytime.

Toji Temple

After enjoying the cherry blossoms in the garden, you can appreciate the majestic Buddha statues in the main hall, lecture hall, and dining hall near the Hytan Pond.

During the cherry blossom season, about 200 cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino, are in full bloom. Among them, the 130-year-old red weeping Fujizakura tree from Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture.

Cherry blossoms at Toji Temple

[Cherry blossom viewing information]
Best time to see: late March to early April
Visiting hours/Kondo, Auditorium 8:00-17:00 (Reception ends/16:30)
Treasure Museum, Kanchi-in Temple 9:00-17:00 (reception closes at 16:30)
*Gates open from 5:00 to 17:00

The Treasure House Spring Special Exhibit: Toji Temple in the Nanbokucho Period: Conflicts and the Rise of Toji Temple
Period / Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - Saturday, May 25, 2024
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Registration closes at 16:30)
Admission: Adults 500 yen, Junior high school students and younger 300 yen
Cherry blossoms illuminated at night (Kondo and Kodo special nighttime viewing)
Period / March 16, 2024 (Sat) - April 14, 2024 (Sun)

Time/18:00 - 21:30 (Registration closes at 21:00)
Entrance fee: 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for junior high school students and younger

[Autumn Foliage Season Information]
Best time to see autumn leaves: Late November to early December
Special nighttime viewing of the Kondo and Kodo Halls with the autumn leaves lit up.
Special fall viewing period/scheduled for late October to early December 2024

Toji Temple

  • touji
  • 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 11 minute walk from Kintetsu Toji Station
    4-minute walk from the bus stop "Toji Higashimon-mae"
  • Tel.075-691-3325
  • 100 parking lots
  • https://toji.or.jp/

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours/Kondo, Auditorium 8:00-17:00 (Reception ends/16:30)
    Treasure Museum, Kanchi-in Temple 9:00-17:00 (reception closes at 16:30)
    *Gates open from 5:00 to 17:00
    Admission fee: Admission to the Miedo Hall and dining room is free.
    *The exterior of the main hall, auditorium, and five-storied pagoda are open to the public all year round.
    *The inside of the first floor of the five-storied pagoda and the treasure hall are only open to the public during special exhibitions.
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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