Koshoji is known for its impressive five-story pagoda, the largest in Aichi Prefecture and its new Japanese-style gardens, where visitors can sample Japanese green tea (macha) and a traditional sweet while admiring the gardens and the recreated, wooden tea house.
Koshoji (Koushoji) was built in the 17th century and has connections with the ruling Tokugawa clan of that time. The impressive pagoda at Koshoji was built later in 1808. The temple is set in hilly, wooded grounds which are popular with walkers.
To get to the modern gardens walk past the pagoda and main hall and you will come to an office where you can pay the 500 yen fee, which includes the tea and confectionery and a short tour by a kimono-clad lovely. The tea house also holds regular tea ceremony classes.
Koshoji Temple also includes a special section where visitors can pray for a sudden death for themselves rather than a slow, lingering one. You will see this on your right as you reach the place to pay for the garden.
Close to Koshoji are the universities of Chukyo, Nanzan and Meijo with Nagoya University up the hill towards Motoyama, a number of good bars and restaurants including the long-running Popcorn and the Misty Indian restaurant, the Sir Winston Hotel and the huge Yagoto cemetery and Yagoto Crematorium. The large Jusco Department store and supermarket defines this upmarket area.
Koshoji hosts two small flea markets on the 5th and 13th of each month.
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