Good for: Photography, culture, Scenery, landscape, Japanese History
- 526 Shimokawara-chō, Kōdai-ji Higashiyama-ku
- admission ¥600
Lonely Planet review for Kōdai-ji
This temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro in memory of her late husband, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The extensive grounds include gardens that were designed by the famed landscape architect Kobori Enshū, and teahouses designed by the renowned master of the tea ceremony, Sen-no-Rikyū.
The temple is a 10-minute walk north of Kiyomizu-dera. Check at the TIC for the scheduling of special night-time illuminations of the temple (when the gardens are lit by multicoloured spotlights).