Kodaiji Temple

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Kyoto, Japan Apr. 13 Sat 10:22PM

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A Widow's Temple

Kodaiji Temple was originally built by the late wife of Totoyomi Hideyoshi, the man who is credited with unifying Japan. It is a Rinzai Kenninji Buddhist temple. Parts of the temple were destroyed by fire, and many of the remaining structures have been designated as Important Cultural Property. Hideyoshi and his wife are enshrined at Kodaiji. 

Kodaiji is also known for its gardens, especially in the fall. From October to early December, there are light-ups during the evening where the fall colors are illuminated. The moon reflecting on the garden pond is also a famous view of the temple. 

There are also regular tea ceremonies held at Kodaiji Temple. 

 

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