Kyoto’s most iconic landmark the five-storey pagoda of Toji Temple is Minami’s main attraction. Being an historic gateway to Kyoto the area is primarily residential and home to a large Korean population.
The 5-storey pagoda of Toji Temple is 57 metres tall and one of the tallest pagodas in Japan, as well as an iconic symbol of Kyoto. Last re-built in 1643 after a fire ravaged the temple, it was originally founded in the year 794. Toji Temple is associated with Kobo Daishi who established Shingon sect, and there's a plethora of tantric Buddhist artifacts housed within the temple halls.
The temple hosts a massive flea market on the 21st of each month where antiques are among the best buys. There is also a smaller antiques fair held the first Sunday of every month. Toji Temple is located in the south of Kyoto, around a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8473, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 691 3325