The five-story pagoda is Japan's tallest wooden tower
Officially known as Kyo-oh Gokoku-ji, To-ji Temple was established to guard the nation during the construction of the capital, Heiankyo. In 823, the temple was bestowed upon Kukai, a Buddhist monk, by the Emperor Saga, who turned it into a monastery for the Shingon Buddhist sect. Here stands a 55 m five-story pagoda, a national treasure and Japan's tallest pagoda. To-ji is also known for its open-air market "Kobo-san" on the 21st of every month.
[Fee] Free to walk around the temple precinct
(Separate fee required to enter the Kondo and Kodo halls, the five-story pagoda, the Treasure Hall, and the Kanchi-in Temple)
[Access] Approx. 10 min. walk from Toji Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line
[Credit Card Payment] Not accepted
[Foreign Language Support] English-language leaflets
- Postal Code
- 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Gates open 5:00-17:00. Kondo and Kodo halls, and five-story pagoda open at 8:00; Treasure Hall and Kanchi-in Temple open at 9:00.
- Open year-round