Koshoji Temple Gate - Koshoji was the first Zen Buddhist temple of the Soto sect in Japan, which was opened by Dogen Zen Master during the Kamakura period. The official name is "Buddha Tokuyama Kannon Doriin Koshohorinzenji". The garden and the approach Kotozaka are designated scenic spots by Kyoto Prefecture. In the front garden, the 13-storied pagoda, which was once placed in the nearby Uji River, was moved to the temple. This was built in the Kamakura period and is said to be the largest and oldest existing stone pagoda in Japan. The Shoin Garden is located back of the temple and is a pond-viewing garden that makes use of the background slope, some of the stonework and also the moss composition may be of a more modern composition.
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