Tōji Temple's Main Hall (Kondō)
Tōji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Kyoto that was first built in 796, just two years after Kyoto was established as Japan’s capital. Tōji was built to “defend” Kyoto from evil and bad luck, and as one of the oldest sites in Kyoto, is deeply symbolic of the city as a national treasure. Tōji is also home to one of Japan’s most famous pagodas- and also the tallest. The current pagoda at Tōji was built in the Edo period during the reign of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.