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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Flea Market Toji Temple Kyoto

Toji Temple初弘法

Toji Temple in south Kyoto is best known for the large pagoda that can be seen from the bullet train as it pulls into Kyoto Station.

Toji was created in 796 C.E. and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Toji Temple is also famous for its monthly flea market.

On the 21st of each month, the temple hosts a large outdoor market known as "Kobo-san."

The market is held in honor of Kukai, the founder the temple.

Kukai's full name was Kobo Daishi. He died on the 21st of March; therefore, the flea market is held on the 21st. Stalls are set up and sell antiques, food, pottery, crafts, art, clothes, etc.

On the first flea market of 2012, it was cold and rainy. However, over 100,000 people showed up.


Kujo Subway Station (Karasuma Line).
1 Kujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto.
Tel: 075 691 3325
Free Admission. (9am-4.30pm).

Toji is a short walk or cycle ride west from Kujo subway station along Kujo Street or from Toji Station, one stop south of Kyoto Station on the Kintetsu Line. Buses #202, #207, #208 and #19 pass by the main entrance to the temple.

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