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Formally known as Gyōganji, the temple is referred to by its common name which means “Deer Hide Temple” and relates to its founding legend. This is the only temple on the pilgrimage route that is administered by a nunnery. Tucked away in a quiet back street of Kyoto, Kōdō is just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the central shopping malls of the city. The nuns here always offer a very warm welcome, with a no-nonsense friendly attitude. It is always a delight to visit their little neighborhood temple that seems to be unaffected by the rapidly changing world beyond their gates.