Five-Story Pagodas in Kyoto (京都五重塔巡り)

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There are four five-story pagodas in Kyoto City. They are all heritage sites of historical and cultural importance. Two of them are national treasures and the other two are important cultural properties.

Five-story pagodas in Kyoto

This tour course will take you to all five-story pagodas in Kyoto.

Toji Temple

The Pagoda in Toji Temple is the fifth reconstruction in 1644. It is the highest wooden structure in Japan. It is a National Treasure.

Daigoji Temple

The Pagoda of Daigoji Temple is the oldest wooden structure in Kyoto since 951. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pagoda Yasaka

Pagoda Yasaka is a landmark in the area. It is an Important Cultural Property.

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple is a World Heritage Site and the Pagoda is an Important Cultural Property.

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What are five-story pagodas?

You may be wondering what a five-story pagoda is in the first place and why they are in Buddhist temples.

The five-story pagoda is a stupa. A stupa is a Buddhist structure in which the remains of Buddha are enshrined. The reason why a five-story pagoda has five stories is because it represents the Five Great Ideas. The five great ideas in Buddhism are that the universe is composed of the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and sky. Therefore, the roof of the five-story pagoda represents the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and sky from the bottom, indicating the Buddhist view of the universe.

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