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Jingoji Temple

#82 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 5 Umegahata Takaocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8292, Kyoto Prefecture
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A very long climb but worth every step

650m above sea level. This is the temple which is the protectorate temple of the imperial family in Kyoto. The uphill climb can be treacherous on a wet day so no heels. There is... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2015
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

650m above sea level. This is the temple which is the protectorate temple of the imperial family in Kyoto. The uphill climb can be treacherous on a wet day so no heels. There is a worshipping shrine on the top of the mountain. Save some coins to make a wish and offering. How to worship: Wash your hands at the... More 

2 Thank Yappas
Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2015

Jingoji Temple (神護寺, じんごじ) is located on the slope of Mount Takao (高尾山), northwest of Kyoto city center and about 15 km (9.32 mi) by car. Jingoji Temple is the most famous among Takao's three temples (other 2 temples are Saimyoji Temple (西明寺) and Kozanji Temple (高山寺)). These temples are well-known for their autumn leaves attraction. The original temple was... More 

4 Thank jameshuang
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2014

If you're going to Jingoji for the autumn foliage it's beautiful. There are several structures (all are pretty unimpressive) that take A LOT of stairs to get to. Seriously, a lot. If you have bad knees, are out of shape or don't want to work out, don't go! But if you don't mind the hike there are several beautiful maples... More 

Thank Emily L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Compared to Kozanji nearby, this was a much better visit for me. The approach from the bus stops requires climbing and descending a fair bit of stairs. The night illumination was for 5-7 pm, costing 800 yen. The tea hut and restaurant on the way to Jingoji looks very appealing but was almost empty for the night. I think if... More 

Thank yapts
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

Jingoji(神護寺) in the northern Kyoto outskirts could be reached by car or bus, we drove. The valley where it was located was along a river with spectacular red foliages as well as different autumn hues of golds & oranges. It was a good relaxing walk through beautiful nature with spectacular view in the fall but crowded given that it was... More 

Thank Vitus Y
Kyoto, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2012

I recently rode my bike here from Sanjo Keihan station. While Jingoji is one of the best temples in Kyoto for its natural surroundings, as nice as Enryaku-ji, I would say it's best in the autumn for foliage. There are so many maple trees. There are also restaurants on the river as in Kibune.It may be nice to spend an... More 

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