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    Toji Temple is famous for its five story pagoda which is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. Toji Temple features an extensive garden and several buildings which are National Treasures. Toji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) listing.

    Toji Temple literally means East Temple, as it was on the eastern side of an 84m wide avenue that ran north to the Imperial Palace. The matching West Temple (Saiji) no longer exists. Together these were the guardian temples and along with the Rashomon Gate, which was between them, they provided protection for the then capital city of Japan and the Imperial Palace at its heart. At the time Kyoto was known as The Imperial City of Heiankyo.

    Five Story Pagoda Toji Temple Kyoto

    Five Story Pagoda Toji Temple Kyoto

    At 55m the Pagoda is the tallest in Japan. The current structure was built in 1644 after four previous pagoda had burnt down, some after being struck by lightning. None have been lost to earthquakes. The first Pagoda was built in the 9th century to house relics of Buddha. The Pagoda of Toji Temple has been designated a National Treasure.

    In cherry blossom time, there are several cherry trees in the garden between pagoda and the ticket office that make a very beautiful scene. Interesting at least one of the cherry trees required soil to piled on the existing soil in order to plant it. The temple grounds having government statue as a historic site mean the ground cannot be excavated even to plant a tree.

    Kondo Main Hall Toji Temple Kyoto National Treasure

    Kondo Main Hall Toji Temple Kyoto – National Treasure

    Since 823AD Toji Temple has been the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The temple buildings house many culturally significant works of art including statues, paintings and carvings.

    Kodo Lecture Hall Toji Temple Kyoto

    Kodo Lecture Hall Toji Temple Kyoto

    Nandaimon South Gate Toji Temple Kyoto

    Nandaimon South Gate Toji Temple Kyoto

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