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    Toji is one of Kyoto's oldest temples and its massive pagoda is the largest in Japan.
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    Toji was established just after the imperial capital moved to Kyoto in 794, built with wood from the sacred Mt. Inari in the south.

    Thirty years later Kukai, the revered founder of esoteric Shingon Buddhism, was appointed head abbot.

    The temple complex quickly became Kyoto’s main center of Shingon Buddhism, which it remains today.
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    In addition to its impressive pagoda, Toji is a national magnet for bargain hunters at its huge monthly flea market held on the 21st of each month.
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    Toji is to the southwest of Kyoto Station.
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    • Toji
      Toji is one of Kyoto's oldest temples and its massive pagoda is the largest in Japan.
      Toji 1 Kujōchō, Minami-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 601-8473, Japan
    • Nishi Honganji Shoin

      There is a lot to see here in Nishi-Honganji. This is one of the best examples Buddhist monumental architecture in Japan; it combines a heroic, dramatic silhouette and with lavish decoration.

      These 17th-century buildings were constructed with materials brought from Fushimi Castle which was the property of Hideyoshi. This was originally on the southern side of Kyoto and was dismantled by a Tokugawa shogun in the 1630s.

      Nishi Honganji Shoin Monzencho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8358, Japan
    • 東本願寺
      Higashi- Honganji is part of the headquarters of the Jodo-Shinshu (“Pure Land”) sect.
      東本願寺 Japan, 〒600-8505 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, 烏丸通七条上る常葉町754
    • Rengeoin Sanjusangendo

      Sanjusangendo known as the "Hall of 33 Bays." The original temple was built in around 1164 and survived only about a hundred years. What you see today is a reconstruction which is still very old as it dates from the thirteenth century.

      Its centrepiece is a ornate wood statue of the seated Kannon Bodhisattva. 3.3 m (11 f0 high, with 11 faces on the crown of its head and 40 arms (extravagantly known as "a thousand arms") wielding bells, wheels, and lotus flowers.

      However Sanjusangendo's main wonder is its legion of 1.000 gilded Kannon images flanking the central Buddha. The identical statues were carved by the 13th-century masters Kokei, Unkei. and Tankei, with 70 assistants.

      Rengeoin Sanjusangendo 657 Sanjūsangendōmawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0941, Japan
    • Tofukuji Temple

      Tofukuji is a significant Zen temple complex; as well as many impressive buildings - Tofukuji has 4 Zen gardens located in the "hojo" which means "abbot's quarters". 

      At Tofukuji's center is there is a gorge with maple trees.

      Tofukuji Temple Japan, 〒605-0981 京都府京都市東山区本町15−778
    • 778 Honmachi 15-chōme
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      778 Honmachi 15-chōme, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0981, Japan
    • Kyoto National Museum

      You will have found one of Japan's greatest assemblage of paintings and sculptures in the Kyoto National Museum.

      Additionally you can view traditional amour and weapons from over 10 centuries of tradition.  If noh theatre is your thing then the costumes and masks used in these performances will be of interest.

      Most of the items (which are without-peer in Japan) on display have been gleaned from temples & palaces in Kyoto, Nara, and other important cultural centres.

      Kyoto National Museum 527 Chayachō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0931, Japan
    • Fushimi Inari Taisha

      The Fushimi-Inari Shrine is in southern Kyoto. It is a shrine to the Shinto rice deity Inari. It is the most famous and important Inari shrine in the land.

      The city of Kyoto can be said to be overflowing with "must-see" places, but this is one place almost certain to use up any superlative descriptions that you might have in your tired-out lexicon.

      Fushimi Inari Taisha 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan
    • Shisendo
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      Shisendo Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Tachiuri Nishimachi, 下京区四条通高倉西入立売西町79番地 大丸京都店 4F
    • Nishiki Market

      Nishiki Market is ideal if you looking to for a change of pace and frame of mind. 

      This surprising calm and sedate market located along the street is housed under a single roofed arcade.

      Nishiki Market Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地

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    Graphic showing average weather in Toji in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 2.5 53.4 36.5 21
    Feb 3.1 70.2 37.6 27.6
    Mar 6.4 105.1 43.5 41.4
    Apr 12.1 138 53.8 54.3
    May 17 129.7 62.6 51.1
    Jun 21.3 219.2 70.3 86.3
    Jul 25.9 174.3 78.6 68.6
    Aug 26.7 128.7 80.1 50.7
    Sep 22.7 198.6 72.9 78.2
    Oct 16.3 140.4 61.3 55.3
    Nov 10.5 81 50.9 31.9
    Dec 5.4 55.3 41.7 21.8

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      • Toji shrine was our first exposure to a Japanese Pagoda- and I’m so happy we were able to find the tallest in Japan! It is very impressive and very old - visitors cannot get access to the pagoda, however, from afar, the structure is magnificent! We were also able to pay our respects next door at the shrine where the monks were writing and teaching and people were coming in and ringing bells, bowing, throwing coins then praying - we came to learn that is what you do when you want to pray for yourself or someone else. They also housed very old, very large wooden statues here that looked like had been saved from a fire. The entire area seemed very old and sacred - I’m so glad we came when it was not too busy. We were able to walk from our hotel - not far from Kyoto Train station. Definitely worth the trip!
      • I am lucky enough to see Toji temple everyday on my way to work. It is truly an amazing piece of architecture. The pagoda is a must see if you are visiting Kyoto and it is still impressive when I get the chance to see it close up. The garden surrounding the temple is very pretty throughout the year and a very good spot to come and see the sakura blossoms during the day or at night. There are several statues housed inside of the buildings and on the 21st of each month there is a huge market. You can buy crafts, clothing, and I have even seen a samurai helmet. This is a must visit if you come to Kyoto and easily accessible from Kyoto station.
      • Whilst you cannot enter the Pagoda itself (limited to a few days a year), it is definitely worth a stroll through the park to visit. It is the largest wooden pagoda in Japan and you really don't appreciate it's stature until you're underneath it.
      • This place has a huge (tall) temple that really stands out. There are some all around once you go in but the main tall one you cant go inside. From the looks of it its really old so im guessing for safety reasons. However its amazing to gaze upon and simply admire the beauty of it and soak in all the history. My wife and i had a great time here even though it was raining.
      • Toji complex is one of the most beautiful sides of the traditional side of Kyoto. It is quite cheap (400¥ per adult) and hides one of the best spots of this city: the Pagoda (the tallest in Japan), and the central buildings, collecting very old and precious Buddha statues, in a wonderful wooden atmosphere. I really suggest to visit this place during the Cherry blossoms or during middle Autumn (end of October-middle November) to enjoy the beautiful colors offered by Nature.

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