Toji Temple is famous for its five story pagoda which is the tallest wooden tower in . Toji Temple features an extensive garden and several buildings which are National Treasures. Toji Temple is a UNESCO and forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) listing.
We really liked the Toji Temple. It has the tallest pagoda in Japan, some pretty gardens (especially in Autumn) and two main temple buildings containing magnificent collections of Buddhas. They actually brought Lissette to tears, that’s how much she was moved by them. We only wish they allowed photography (I hate it when they tell you that you can’t take photos but then have their own photos for sale all over the place). Admission charge: 500 Yen. Getting there: a 20 minute walk from Kyoto Station.
From Kyoto station 15minutes walking, you arrive at Toji temple.
Toji was founded in the Heian Period, when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It served as the temple of the capital’s guardians. This temple consists of more buildings, the most importants are: Kondo Hall, Kodo Hall and a five-storied pagoda.
Toji Temple literally means East Temple, as it was on the eastern side of an 84m wide avenue that ran north to the Imperial Palace. The matching West Temple (Saiji) no longer exists. Together these were the guardian temples and along with the Rashomon Gate, which was between them, they provided protection for the then capital city of Japan and the at its heart. At the time Kyoto was known as The Imperial City of Heiankyo.At 55m the Pagoda is the tallest in Japan. The current structure was built in 1644 after four previous pagoda had burnt down, some after being struck by lightning. None have been lost to earthquakes. The first Pagoda was built in the 9th century to house relics of Buddha. The Pagoda of Toji Temple has been designated a National Treasure.