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Kodaiji Temple

This is a detailed post of my 2 weeks long solo backpacking trip to Japan. Please see preview and itinerary/index of my complete trip on this post.

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Lets continue from where I left

I walked to Shijo Dori again to shoot the same place in day light (I was here the night before). I spent half an hour clicking cherry trees and doing some street photography. Its okay to look outsider sometimes. You can initiate conversation with anyone and vice versa. A local family asked me to click their photograph and asked me about how Japan has treated me. I told them how I loved Japanese people and how they have helped me despite not knowing much English so far. Oldest lady in group was over 80 years of age. She would only go out in cherry bloom period every year. They wanted to get a photo with me, to which I readily obliged. It was good to see how Japanese people celebrated Sakura season with family.

Oldest lady on wheel chair is over 80 years of age

Oldest lady on wheel chair is over 80 years of age

Walking along the Shijo Dori

Walking along the Shijo Dori

A couple walking along cherry trees

A couple walking along cherry trees

Landscape around Kamo river

Landscape around Kamo river

Visit to another great shrine, Kodaiji

By now I have been walking quite a lot in Gion Shijo area and I became really friendly with roads. Though earlier I was using google maps for navigation. A straight road connects Shijo Dori and Yasaka Shrine and all eastern hills shrines are nearby. I made my way to Kodaiji temple from Gion Shijo area in about 20 minutes. Kodaiji (高台寺, Kōdaiji) is an outstanding temple in Highashiyama area. Temple dates back to 1606 and has a pretty amazing zen garden. My wish to shoot architecture has been well received by Kyoto so far. Though I think I was not able to do justice to these marvelous place due to lack of time. Each of these places deserve a sunrise and sunset at the least. For now these (damn) white skies would have to do.

Entrance of Kodaiji

Entrance of Kodaiji

Main hall of Kodaiji is open to public. Both sides of main hall has two large gardens. These gardens are lit up in fall season when tree change color. Right now they look just ordinary to me.

Inside main hall

Inside main hall

I am surprised to see how zen temples are maintained in all zen shrines. Kodaiji has an entry charge of 600Y per person. This also includes an entry to Sho museum, which I did not go.

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Old preserved wooden tea house

Old preserved wooden tea house

Old preserved wooden tea house

Old preserved wooden tea house

Cherry trees outside Kodaiji

Cherry trees outside Kodaiji

Next place in my list was Fushimi Inaru Taisha. I could not find a bus stop to go to Fushimi so decided ride the train. As Kodaiji is located on a hill it gives a nice view of Higashiyama District.

View of Himashiyama from Kodaiji

View of Himashiyama from Kodaiji

A pagoda in Higashiyama District

A pagoda in Higashiyama District

Next Post -> Spooky experience at Fushimini Inari Taisha

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2 thoughts on “Kodaiji Temple

  1. Dessi

    And did you buy a Go Shuin book? It’s just your 4th day and you already visited a couple of temples and shrines. The book is a really nice keepsake and it is absolutely unique as in it are the stamps of places you visited 🙂

    1. Ankur Post author

      I thought about buying the Go Shuin book earlier but did not do so. I had no intentions to stand in queue for getting those stamped. but yes i agree it is something unique to Japan.

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