To-ji Temple

Local name東寺
LocationMinami-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Tō-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in the Minami-ku ward of Kyoto, Japan.

Founded in 796, it was one of the only three Buddhist temples allowed in the city at the time it became the capital of Japan. As such it has a long history, housing treasures and documents from the early Heian period and the Tang dynasty, and with buildings in its complex covering the Kamakura, Muromachi, Momoyama, and Edo periods. Five of these buildings have been designated National Treasures in two different categories: the Lotus Flower Gate, the Miei Hall, the Golden Hall and the five-storied Pagoda and the Kanchiin Guest Hall.

Tō-ji was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

Tags Place of WorshipUNESCOBuddhistTempleHeritage
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Opening hours

Mar 20 - Apr 17: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Apr 18 - Sep 19: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sep 20 - Mar 19: 8:30 am - 4 pm


The admission fees vary depending on the season and combination of places desired to visit, please, refer to the official website for detailed information.

More information and contact


Official Website

Phone +81 75 691 3325

Address 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8473, Japan

Coordinates 34°58'51.718" N 135°44'51.887" E

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