Kyoto – Kodaiji Temple: Cherry Blossom

Kodaiji (高台寺, Kōdaiji) is a temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District. Kodaiji temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kodaiji temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The buildings have richly decorated interiors and are surrounded by beautiful Zen gardens. The gardens are charactelized by cherry blossoms (Sakura) in spring. You can also enjoy fall foliage in late November. Regarding opening hours and addmission fees, please see the official site.

Kodaiji is located in the Higashiyama District between Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera tmeple, which are also very popular sightseeing spots. From Kyoto station, No. 100 and 206 buses run to Higashiyama Yasui bus stop in 15 minutes and it takes 5-10 minutes from the bus stop to Kodaiji temple.

Approach to the temple.

Zen style garden with cherry blossoms (Sakura).

Moreover, Higashiyama district around Kodaiji keeps traditional atmosphere very well. You can also enjoy cherry blossoms outside the temple.

Higashiyama district around Kodaiji temple has many cherry blossom seeing spots. It is reccommended to visit Kiyomizudera temple and Yasaka shrine together.

526 Shimogawara-cho Kodaiji,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto,605-0825 Japan

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