Kōtō-in

Top choice buddhist temple in Imperial Palace & Around

On the far western edge of the Daitoku-ji complex, the sublime garden of this subtemple is one of the best in all Kyoto and it’s worth a special trip. It’s located within a fine bamboo grove that you traverse via a moss-lined path. Once inside there is a small stroll garden that leads to the centrepiece: a rectangle of moss and maple trees, backed by bamboo. Take some time on the verandah here to soak it all up.

Though it's been closed for renovations, it reopens March 2019.


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