Toji Temple


To-ji was built as a national guardian temple along with the transfer of capital to Heian.

After that, it was given to Kobo Daishi Kukai, who studied esoteric Buddhism in Tang by Emperor Saga.

Then because the Japan’s first esoteric Buddhism temple and the head of the To-ji Shingon sect.

Until now, it has been deeply worshiped by the common people as a ‘’Temple of the Great Master’’.

In the central auditorium, there is a three-dimensional mandala consisting of 21 Buddha statues that visually express the teachings of esoteric Buddhism.

The main temple, Kondo, the five-storied pagoda, and the Mikage-do which was used as a residence by the Kobo ambassador are designated as national treasure and important cultural property and have high historical value.

To-ji is the only remaining of Heian City and was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1994.

On the 21st of every month, ‘’Kobo City’’ with stalls lined up in the precincts in held and is crowded by many people.

The cherry blossoms in spring and the fall foliage are beautiful, and the night illumination that takes for a limited time is exceptional. 

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