Founded in 796, this temple features the highest wooden pagoda in Japan at 54.8 Meters. The temple is included in the list of World Heritage sights in Kyoto and was built by order of the Emperor Saga.
Toji Temple, located just southwest of Kyoto Station, is one of Kyoto's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple was established in 796, and has historically marked the southern entrance to Kyoto. Of the three temple originally allowed to be placed within the capital city, this is the only one remaining today. The temple's 55 meter tall pagoda, built during the Edo Period, is the tallest wooden tower in the country.
Every month on the 21st Toji Temple hosts a huge flea market! The market is full of things from antiques to modern items and of course, many food options!
As far as what you can buy, there is a wide variety: pottery, Buddhist statues, clothes, shoes, bags, plants, handicrafts, furniture, and lots of knickknacks. The size of the market is deceptive. Just when you think you're approaching the end, there is more around the corner! Each stand has its own unique items, so even if you think a stand has all the same things as another, it probably also has things you won't find elsewhere.
I had been to the temple before but never for the flea market. It's actually hard to believe it is the same place, because it has such a different atmosphere during the flea market! Some of the temple buildings are open for free during the flea market, altough if your purpose is to see the temple, I would recommend choosing a different day. Flea market day is definitely for the shopping and food!
There are special ceremonies held at the Toji Temple. There is the Fusatsu Ceremony which is held every 15th day of the month.
Fusatsu ceremony is an atonement ritual that composes of vowing and chanting. It is an ancient Buddhist cleansing ritual.
Toji temple is the eastern temple that sat at the entrance of Imperial Kyoto with the western temple at the opposite end, marking the southern entrance to the city. Only Toji Temple remains today, and its pagoda is famed as the tallest in Japan!
Toji Temple features an excellent display of Buddhist sculptures inside many of its other buildings, as well as the temple museum. While the pagoda attracts many visitors, the temple's treasures do not stand to be outdone! For someone who thinks the pagoda is the only reason to go to Toji, these will be a wonderful surprise!
The buildings that make up Toji Temple are also located amidst a lovely garden! While Toji Temple does not often come to mind as a place to see cherry blossoms, it is personally one of my favorite places in Kyoto for hanami! The blossoms at Toji are gorgeous, and the surrounding temple with the pagoda creates the perfect atmosphere for the historical temple visit and cherry blossom viewing!
This is the first temple that we visited on our return to Kyoto. It was a rainy day...but so hot that it hardly mattered. We skipped between the halls and the pagoda whilst it rained heavily, and when it let up a bit we had a wander in the garden and around the pond.
The temple was first established in 794. A lot of the temples were destroyed in the 15th century due to fire. The lecture hall and the main hall were re-built in the early 1600's. The magnificent 5 storey pagoda was last rebuilt in 1643...it had burnt down 5 times previous to that. It is the highest pagoda in Japan (57 metres).
Open daily 8.30am - 4.30 pm
Entry fee is 500 yen
This temple is one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated site.
When I went here the weather wasn't that friendly, so I just walk around the temple ground, but didn't get inside.
Entrance fee is ¥ 500.
The Bon Festival is one of the many famous festivals in Japan. It is one of the most important tradition of the Japanese. It is held in August of every year. August is called O-Bon, therefore the word "Bon". The people pray for the repose of the souls of the departed. The Japanese lit up lantersn inside their houses during this festival.
There are two exhibitions held at the grounds of the Toji Temple. The 65 National Treasures of Japan are brought to the Toji Temple for visitors to see. The principal image and National Treasure of Japan called the "Joshin Zazo" is also brought here. This image or statue resembles the women in the early Heian Period.
The exhibition is held in Spring time between March 20 to May 25 and the Autumn Exhibition starts on September 20 to November 25.
The hours start at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. The last visitor must enter the temple grounds at 4:00 p.m.
Sorry that I can't show you pictures of the of the Yakushi Trinity and the 12 Sacred Generals because I was not allowed to take pictures inside the temple.
According to the belief of the Japanese, the statues of the Yakushi Trinity (Yakushi-nyoari and his two attendants, Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu) look filled with mercy and heal the sick in body and soul.
The statues of the "Twelve Sacred Generals placed under the "Mokakeza" (the seat of NYorai), are said to have been carve by Kosho, athe 21st generation sculptor of Buddhist images after Jocho, and are representative master pices of the Momoyama period.
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
At the Toji Temple, there is a an Antique Market that is open every first Sunday of every month.
There are also other ceremonies being held there like the Mieiku (Kodo Market) which is held every 21st day of the month.
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Toji Temple's grounds is very wide and spacious. Inside the compound of the well-fenced Toji Temple, we found many buildings of different designs and functions. While we were cThe checking other buildings, we saw some school children going to the Kodo Hall of the temple. They were in yellow hats and in uniforms. Some were holding school bags and some were not. They held together going to the Hall.
This Kodo Hall was built during the Momoyama period in the year 825. It took at least 10 years for the Japanese to build this.
This building was damaged many times by natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes but it has also been repaired many times, too. It was burnt down in 1486 but was reconstructed by Toytomi Kitanomandokoro during the Keicho period (1596-1615). The original appearance of the Kodo Hall was retained during the reconstruction.
Temple Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
It is free to get inside the buildings.
Caution: Just be quiet when you go to the temples because there are some people praying.