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Toji Temple - One of Japan's Most Famous National Treasures

This video, titled "Toji Temple, Kyoto|February 10, 2019" (京都・東寺. 2019年2月10日), was uploaded by "miyacame."
In this article, we will introduce the unique features and attractions of Toji Temple, one of Japan's most famous National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, which can be seen throughout the video.

Toji Temple, located in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, in Japan's Kansai region, is a truly prestigious attraction with its famous historical buildings, including Nandaimon Gate and Kondo Hall.
Even in Kyoto, where there are many National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, Toji Temple has a unique presence.
Please enjoy the video to get an idea of what the temple is actually like.

Toji Temple - Exploring One of Japan's Representative National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties!

Image of Toji Temple, Kyoto
Photo:Toji Temple, Kyoto

Toji Temple in Kyoto is a relic of the Heian Period (794-1185 A.D.).
Founded in the 3rd year of the Tencho Era (826 A.D.) it is now a representative temple of the neo-Buddhist movement and Esoteric Buddhism, built by the then Emperor Saga, who asked the monk Kukai, known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, to build it.

The precincts of Toji Temple are full of representative Japanese facilities, such as the five-story pagoda, Kondo Hall (金堂), Nandaimon (南大門, main gate), Todaimon (東大門, east gate), Jikido Hall (食堂), and many other sights.
The precincts of the temple, with their elaborate arrangement, have been given the name "mandala."

The five-story pagoda has burned down four times in the past due to lightning strikes, and has been rebuilt each time.
The current five-storied pagoda is the fifth generation, built in 1644 with contributions from Tokugawa Iemitsu, the grandson of the famous warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Here, we'll introduce some basic information and things to know when visiting Toji Temple.
It is located within walking distance from any train after getting off at the nearby Toji Station or Kyoto Station.
Parking is also available, so you can also access the temple via personal transportation.
Some facilities require an entrance fee, which is about 800 yen for adults.
You can get shuin stamps and good luck charms, and there are many events, such as Kobo Ichi (Kobo Market), so it's well worth a visit.

Toji Temple - Rich Cultural Heritage and a Sacred Site for Esoteric Buddhism!

Image of Miedo Hall, Toji Temple, Kyoto
Photo:Miedo Hall, Toji Temple, Kyoto

As it is named Toji Temple (東寺, lit. "East Temple"), there used to be a Saiji Temple (西寺, lit. "West Temple"), but as time passed, Saiji Temple declined.
Later, it was officially named Kyo-o-gokokuji Temple and became a sacred place for Esoteric Buddhism.

The temple is very rich in Esoteric Buddhist art and culture.
The lecture hall has an extraordinary world view, with esoteric sculptures such as the Katsuma Mandala, a seated statue of the Five Buddhas, the Five Great Bodhisattvas, the Five Wisdom Kings, a seated statue of Brahma and the half-lotus of Sakra, and standing statues of the Four Heavenly Kings, all elaborately arranged.

Another famous attraction is Miedo Hall (御影堂), which was the residence of the famous Buddhist monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi).
The historical buildings and the magnificent Esoteric Buddhist art are a must-see.
The fact that it has been designated as a World Heritage Site indicates its prestige.

There is also Bishamondo Temple, known for Keigamon Gate, and a power spot where a rare deity, the god of rain, is enshrined, as well a the place where the power stone, "Tenkoseki" (天降石), sits.
The depth of its culture is second to none, and it's no wonder that it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Summary of Toji Temple in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

As you can see in the video, there are many noteworthy buildings and remnants to explore at Toji Temple in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.
Consider spending some special time learning about the history of Kyoto, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations! You're sure to be amazed by its divine atmosphere.

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Last Updated : May. 10, 2023
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels
Toji Temple - A Popular Sightseeing Spot Selected as One of Kyoto's Representative National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. We'll Also Introduce the Traditional Remnants and Art of Kyoto That You Should Know About Before Traveling There!
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