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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 a wide avenue that ran north to the Imperial Palace. The matching West Temple no longer exists. Together these were the guardian temples protecting the city and Imperial Palace.

    Five Story Pagoda To-ji Temple Kyoto

    Five Story Pagoda To-ji Temple Kyoto

    At 55m the Pagoda of To-ji Temple is the tallest in Japan. The current structure was built in 1644 after four previous ones 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 To-ji Temple has been designated a National Treasure.

    Kondo Main Hall To-ji Temple Kyoto National Treasure

    Kondo Main Hall Toji Temple Kyoto – National Treasure

    Kodo Lecture Hall To-ji Temple Kyoto

    Kodo Lecture Hall Toji Temple Kyoto

    Nandaimon South Gate To-ji Temple Kyoto

    Nandaimon South Gate Toji Temple Kyoto

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