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Toji Temple

The To-ji Temple is one of the preeminent traditional sites in Kyoto, with exquisite structures, a flea market and the tallest pagoda in the country.

Remarkably, this Buddhist temple was constructed more than a millennium ago. Now, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Kyoto. After a destructive fire in the 15th century, it survives today as a prominent illustration of ancient Japanese architecture. Among other impressive structures, the temple houses the tallest pagoda in Japan, which can be seen for miles around. Tourists and locals alike flock here once a month for the flea market in the surrounding parkland.

Wander around the Kondo Hall, the largest structure of the temple. Check out the imposing wooden statue of Yakushi Buddha. Peruse the 19 statues imported from China in the Kodo Hall. Both rooms were damaged by a fire in 1486 and later rebuilt. There is a reasonable entrance fee for the halls. From the admission-free area, gaze up at the tallest pagoda, a traditional-style tiered tower, in Japan. Its five stories can be seen from across the city and stand 187 feet (57 meters) high.

Make your way to the Homotsukan Museum for statues, authentic ornaments and other relics from times past. Browse the dynamic flea market bustling with buyers and sellers on the 21st day of every month. Haggle for second-hand bargains and artifacts varying from clothes and toys to food and plants. Scrutinize the antiques at a smaller market on the first Sunday of every month.

The temple dates back to the beginning of the Heian Period in the late eighth century. At the south entrance of the city, it served as a guardian temple. It was partially destroyed by a fire in 1486. Its name translates as East Temple – there was originally a western equivalent called Sai-ji.

To-ji Temple is based in Minami-ku at the corner of Omiya and Kujo streets. It is a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) walk from Kyoto Station, a futuristic hub of transportation that sits on multiple train lines and holds the city’s largest bus terminal. To-ji Station is closer, and lies on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line.


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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto NT$2,832
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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto NT$3,966
    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tofukuji Station is 13 minutes.

      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO NT$1,383
      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

      ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO ROKUJO

      181 Bokumikanabutsu-cho, Aburanokojidori Rokujo Agaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE NT$1,104
        APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE

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        806, Minami Fudodocho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Nishinotoin dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Kyoto Tower Hotel NT$1,330
          Kyoto Tower Hotel

          Kyoto Tower Hotel

          721-1 Higashishiokoji Karasumadori, 7 Josagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Hotel Excellence Kyoto Station Nishi NT$868
            Hotel Excellence Kyoto Station Nishi

            Hotel Excellence Kyoto Station Nishi

            8, Nishikujo Teranomae, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Umekoji Park, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Toji Temple and Higashi Honganji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Toji Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kujo Station is 14 minutes.

              Hotel Granvia Kyoto NT$4,153
              Hotel Granvia Kyoto

              Hotel Granvia Kyoto

              JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is only a 5-minute walk and Gojo Station is 13 minutes.

                APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi NT$1,104
                APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

                APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

                Higashishiokojicho, 552-1, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Nishiki Market and Toji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shichijo Station is 9 minutes.