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Daigoji Temple

Address: 22 Daigo Higashi Oji-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-571-0002
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Ranked #52 of 397 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: This temple complex includes several buildings and an expansive Japanese garden. One of the oldest...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: This temple complex includes several buildings and an expansive Japanese garden. One of the oldest structures in Kyoto is a five-story pagoda that can be found on the temple grounds.

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Chicago Illinois
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Daigoji is home to Sanbo-in (sometimes Angled as Sampo), a sub-temple with what in my non-humble opinion is the finest garden in Japan. A product of Hideyoshi, the Sanbo garden is a green place of great complexity and solitude with over 1000 rocks all well placed and interesting. Trees, bridges, raked gravel, ponds - all wonderful. Plus great fusuma (sliding... More 

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Richmond North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Allow plenty of time to get there and back and for the visit.... Some spectacular trees on November. Also surely one of the best wooden pagodas in Kyoto. Well worth the trek out to it and much less crowded than many of the other sites.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The small pagoda/pond/bridge (Bentendo hall) scene in autumn is perhaps the most beautiful place in the world, especially when there's very few people. It's a little out of the way, about 20-30 minutes by train from Kyoto, and another 30-40 minute walk, or 5-8 minute bus/cab ride from the local station. This reduces the crowds by a lot, even during... More 

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

It was the weekend and we were dreading the crowds...when we got there we were the only ones there....loved it....

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very quiet, away from crowded other temples. The setting of lake and the temple was so beautiful we sat at the lake admiring and appreciating the surroundings.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The garden here in my opinion was the best one in Japan. It is the type of garden I would love to have complete with rock islets, a bridge and small Zen garden. It is a shame that no photos are allowed in the garden nor were there any postcards. The hall called Samboin was home to the Archbishops of... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Daigo-ji wasn't in my itinerary coz it was not well known to me but my husband insisted we must go. I complained much after hiking uphill from the subway passing by houses and graveyard. When we entered it was worth it! I had forgotten the sweat. The environment was peaceful and tranquil coz the only tourists there were us. If... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The entrance to where the temple is located is about a 10 minute walk from the subway. I found this area to be quite quiet and serene. The area has a number of temples and a 5-story pagoda. The forest as a back-drop makes this place picture-perfect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

After visiting Fushimi-Inari Taisha, my friend and I headed here, after he showed me a photo of this place, I knew I had to see it. And I wasn't in the least bit disappointed. Of the three different places that have separate admission charges here, we chose the main area and Sanboin, as the museum area held little interest and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The temple and training place for Shingon Buddhist tradition is more than 1000 years old, founded by disciple of Kukai. The temple is spread over a mountain from bottom to top, where you can see a living Japanese monastery.

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