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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 ¥8,889
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA  ¥8,497
    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 

    44-1, Kamitonodacho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jujo Station is 15 minutes.

      Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto ¥10,370
      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 Kyoto Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Shichijo Station is 12 minutes.

        Kyoto Century Hotel ¥7,576
        Kyoto Century Hotel

        Kyoto Century Hotel

        680 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kyoto Tower, Nishiki Market, and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kujo Station is 14 minutes.

          APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita ¥4,293
          APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

          APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekikita

          597-2 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Higashi Honganji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nijō Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kyoto Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 16 minutes.

            Hotel Granvia Kyoto ¥13,973
            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 Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kyoto Station is only a 5-minute walk and Gojo Station is 14 minutes.

              Sakura Terrace The Gallery ¥8,418
              Sakura Terrace The Gallery

              Sakura Terrace The Gallery

              39 Higashikujo Kamitonoda cho, Minami ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Gion Corner are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kyoto Station is only a 3-minute walk and Kujo Station is 6 minutes.

                The Root2 Hotel ¥12,963
                The Root2 Hotel

                The Root2 Hotel

                49-1 Tojihigashimonzencho, Minami-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Toji Temple and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Toji Station is only a 5-minute walk and Kujo Station is 13 minutes.