Toji Temple

Toji Temple (東寺) is one of the two ‘guardian temples’ that was built when Japan’s capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto. Toji translates as ‘east temple’. It is a World Heritage listed Buddhist temple, famous for its grand 5 story, 54.8 m high pagoda, which is the highest wooden tower in Japan.

Budget travel tips

  • Walk to the temple from Kyoto station to save on ticket fees (see directions below). It will only take 15 minutes or so.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the Hachioji (South) exit and turn right. Walk down the road until you reach see a post office. Turn left down the main road just before the post office and walk a minute to the temple.

If you are on the Kintetsu Kyoto line, you can also access the temple via Toji station.


Opening time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (March 20 – Sept 19), 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Sept 20 – March 19)

Cost: Adults 500 yen, High School Children 300 yen, Elementary age 200 yen


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The temple is in central Kyoto, so have a look at our Kyoto accommodation guide!

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Official site

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict