To-ji in spring © robertpaulyoung
To-ji is a Buddhist temple founded in 794 as guardian of the then young capital city. A five-storey pagoda rebuilt in the mid-17th century, a treasure trove of statues, calligraphy, and paintings has been collected at the temple. The statues include a six-metre-tall Senju Kannon (thousand-armed Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) carved in 877. The gardens at the temple are lovely and the temple is an active place of worship holding many ceremonies and religious services, giving the place a serene and authentic atmosphere. While there are many temples in the area, To-ji stands out because of its historic pagoda and awesome collection.
Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku