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Koryu-ji Temple

Hachigaoka-cho | Uzumasa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-861-1461
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Founded in 622, the temple houses impressive Buddhist statues, possibly from the 6th or 7th century.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
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10 Nov 2015
“a tourists point of view”
4 Oct 2015
“The temple of Miroku-bosatsu Buddha”
Hachigaoka-cho | Uzumasa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-1461
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

Most of the reviews here are about the history of the temple - if you want historical facts go to Wikipedia my opinion is that of a visiting tourist. The temple is ok and there is some interesting architecture but this is not on the...More

6  Thank swift314
Reviewed 5 October 2015

The Koryu-ji Temple is a relatively small one amongst the many huge temples in Kyoto. But because of its iconic Miroku-bosatsu (Maitreya) buddha image, it’s been always a very popular one especially among the Japanese. I believe it is getting more attention by non-Japanese nowadays....More

2  Thank Chuzaa
Reviewed 14 May 2015

Compare here static and dynamic Buddhist sculpture from Japan's medieval centuries, especially from the Kamakura period. Compare before and after with other Buddhist sculpture in the treasury houses of Nara's Kofukuji and Todaiji temples and at the Sanjusangendo in Kyoto. If you're not interested (deeply)...More

Thank 60726Nicky_11
Reviewed 13 December 2014 via mobile

Apart from beautiful landscape and atchitecture, this temple houses some important pieces of The national treasure of Japan including exquisite Bosatsu wooden sculptures which are not allowed to be phitographed. It mah be a bit hard to get to but it is worth visiting.

Thank Paploen
Reviewed 29 November 2014

the pamphlet lists the fact that the hall is the oldest in Kyoto and an interesting sounding octagonal building, but the first cannot be entered and the second can't even be seen....rather disappointing.

Thank Mish_H50
Reviewed 28 November 2014

Koryuji is a relatively small temple complex, not far from the more famous Kinka, Ryoanji, Myoshinji and Ninnaji. But the feature is one of the finest Buddhist sculpture collections in the world, all housed in a small modern (in security and construction) museum building. Great...More

Thank Kyotocat
Reviewed 16 June 2013

If you like sculpture – early Japanese Buddhist sculpture – this is the top destination in Kyoto. The temple’s Kodo, or lecture hall, is the oldest building in Kyoto, constructed in 1165. But the real reason to come to the Koryu-ji is to see the...More

1  Thank LaBu
Reviewed 18 May 2013

We were in Kyoto for a couple days and stayed at Guesthouse Bola Bola. We had bad jetlag and we were wandering in the wee hours when everything was closed. We visited the grounds of Koryu-ji temple. Nobody seemed to be there but there were...More

Thank rtw2010
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Here is not a museum but a sacred temple with many images of Buddha with divine beauty. You can see (and of course pray if you want) them in silence… they are very Almost all visitors are Japanese, but all people will be welcomed. It...More

1  Thank michi123456
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