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The 51st "Kyoto Winter Tour" or Kyonofuyunotabi
Special Viewing of Privately Owned Cultural Properties

Buddha statues, temple buildings and other cultural properties usually not open to the public will be unveiled for a limited period of time.

*Actual image may vary.


UNESCO World Heritage Site
"Toji Temple Gojunoto" (National Treasure)
~ Kyoto's Symbol The Tallest Five-storied Pagoda in Japan ~


Founded about 1200 years ago, Toji temple was built for nation protection when "Heiankyo" the capital of Japan was constructed in Kyoto in 794. Unfortunately the original buildings no longer exist, but the temple location has not been changed to the present day.

Gojunoto or Five-storied Pagoda is designated a national treasure, measuring around 55m, which is the highest wooden pagoda in existence in Japan. The present pagoda built in 1644 is the fifth generation: the pagodas were burned down four times, sometimes after being struck by lightning.

The ground level of the pagoda which is open to the public this time has statues of Buddha surrounding the main pillar.

Saturday, January 7 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Closed occasionally for a day or times for Buddhist services, bad weather conditions and certain reasons
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry)
Adult ¥800, High school student ¥700,
Junior high and elementary school student ¥500
(including the precinct generally open to the public)
Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku

Kodaiji Temple
~ The Temple Famous for Japanese Lacquer Work ~

Kodaiji Temple was established in 1606 by Kita no Mandokoro "Nene" in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a 16 century feudal lord and chief Imperial minister. A decorative "Kodaiji Makie" or Japanese lacquer with gilded patterns can be seen in this temple. "Makie" is a Japanese lacquer technique of drawing patterns and characters, sprinkling gold and/or silver powder on lacquer while it is still wet. "Kodaiji Makie" is specially characterized as the works to represent floridness in those days.

Throughout the special opening period, visits to one of the highest points in the temple garden and the corridor called "Garyuro" shaped as the back of a dragon are allowed.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Closed occasionally for a day or times for Buddhist services, bad weather conditions and certain reasons
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry)
Adult ¥600,
Junior and high school student ¥250,
Elementary school student accompanied by an adult are free
Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku

Kyoto Winter Tour Special Viewing of Privately Owned Cultural Properties is also to be held at 12 venues except the previously mentioned two temples:
Konkaikomyoji Temple, Konkaikomyoji Temple Saio-in, Shogo-in Temple, Chion-in Temple Ohojyo, Kohojyo and Hojo Garden, Kenninji Temple Kyusho-in, Saifukuji Temple, Myoho-in Temple, Mibudera Temple Hondo and Kyogendo, Shimabara Sumiya, Myoshinji Temple Oguri and Kyozo, Myoshinji Temple Daio-in and Myoshinji Temple Yotoku-in.

Attention for visitors
On your visit to a temple, we ask you please observe the following:
No Smoking
No Drinking
No Eating
Photography is not allowed (includes the use of video equipment) except the designated area.
Please unshoulder a backpack or deposit a large piece of baggage to a member of staff in order to protect cultural property.
Please do not touch any cultural property (pictures on partitions, Buddhist statues, etc.)

*Opening dates and times may vary depending on the temples.
*Some temple may be closed for Buddhist services without notice.
*On-site guidance is available in Japanese only.

Kyoto City Tourism Association
(10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; closed December 29 to January 3)
Tel 075-213-1717
Website: http://www.kyokanko.or.jp(only Japanese)