Toji (東寺) is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto station. The temple was founded in 796, two years after the capital moved to Heian-kyo (Heian period). Toji literaly means “East Temple” and served as the capital’s guardian temples, together with its now defunct sister temple Saiji (“West Temple”). Toji Temple is one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO world heritage sites. Toji is also famous for cherry blossoms (Sakura) and their light-up. As for the entrance fee and the oppening hours, please see the Official Site.
Toji is located a 15 minute walk southwest of Kyoto station. Alternatively, it can be reached in a five minute walk from Toji Station along Kintetsu Kyoto line.
The Five-story pagoda of Tō-ji stands 54.8 meters (180 feet) high, and is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. It dates from the Edo period, when it was rebuilt by order of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu. Entrance into the pagoda itself is permitted only a few days a year
In a cherry blossom season, Toji temple opens during night and lights up cherry blosssoms.
The cherry blossom light-up is one of the most beautiful and popular attractions in Kyoto during spring. You can enjoy the collaboration of golden pagoda and gorgeous cherry blossoms.
1 Kujōchō, Minami-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 601-8473, Japan