Updated: April 16, 2019
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Koidai-ji Temple, in Kyoto, Is A National Tresure

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The magnificent construction dates back to 1606 and is recognized by the Japanese government as a historic and cultural gem.

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Kodai-ji Temple - 高台寺

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Kodaiji (高台寺) is an outstanding temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama District. It was established in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, by Hideyoshi's wife Nene, who is also enshrined at the temple.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Warring Lords period.

Kodaiji belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Its main buildings were constructed in the lavish style of the era of Japan's unification and feature richly decorated interiors, surrounded by beautiful Zen gardens.
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Zen Garden and Sakura tree.
Koidai-ji is not a regular temple. With a garden designed by Japan’s most famous garden designer, Kobori Enshu, and a tea house designed by the founder of the tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyu, Kodai-ji represents the confluence of some of Japan’s greatest artistic and cultural traditions.

The temple possesses a number of objects designated as Important Cultural Assets. Among these are the Main Gate and the Spirit Hall. It also holds paintings, including one of Hideyoshi, as well as textiles, and a bronze bell with an inscription dating it to 1606.
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Zen garden in Autumn.
One of the gardens is a rock garden consisting of a large field of raked gravel meant to represent the vast ocean. The other garden is an impressive tsukiyama style garden featuring a pond, man-made hills, decorative rocks, and beautiful pine and maple trees, the latter of which turn brilliant shades of red and orange during the autumn color season.
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Daidokoro-zaka stone steps that connects Neneno michi street and Kodai-ji temple.
For each season there is a light up event at the temple. Kodai-ji offers a chance to experience a nighttime illumination in tranquility during spring and fall. At night, the atmosphere of a temple changes completely.
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Breathtaking illuminated pond surrounded by trees.
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The bamboo grove illuminated at night is an otherworldly sight.
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Illumination and projection mapping at Kodaiji Temple.
To learn more about events in Kyoto and Kodaiji Temple, view the link below!
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