Toji Temple Complex in Kyoto

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James Blake Wiener
published on 11 January 2018
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The Toji Temple Complex is a World Heritage Site located in Kyoto, Japan. With a series of structures and a fine, tall wooden pagoda, Toji remains a popular temple to visit in Kyoto. The temple was first built between 794-796 CE by decree of Emperor Kammu (r. 781-806 CE). In 823 CE, the temple was given to Kukai (774-835 CE) by the Emperor Saga (r. 809-823 CE). (He is known widely as "Kobo Daishi.") It was Kukai who founded the Shingon School of Buddhism.

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 11). Toji Temple Complex in Kyoto. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Toji Temple Complex in Kyoto." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 11, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "Toji Temple Complex in Kyoto." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 11 Jan 2018. Web. 30 Nov 2020.

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