The temple is located at 526 Shimogawara-cho Kodaji, Higashiyama-ku. Access is by city bus 206 or 207 (get off at Higashiyama Yasui). From the JR Kyoto Station or Kintetus Kyoto train stations, the temple is a 15-minute taxi ride. No private car parking is available.
The temple and museum are open daily from 9am-5pm. Admission includes both attractions and is sold from a bank of ticket windows near the entrance for $5.80 (600Y) for adults and $2.40 (250Y) for children. A tri-pass, which also includes entry to nearby Entokuin temple, costs $8.70 (900Y).
The Kodai-ji Temple has special late hours—with white lights and paper lanterns illuminating blooming cherry trees or colorful autumn leaves—for limited weeks in spring, summer and fall.