Daikaku-ji Temple

Daikaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Daikaku-ji Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Daikaku-ji Temple was initially an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian period. The huge temple with ornate doors surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake were targets for visitors. Recommended to visitors when traveling Sagaosawacho area.
Written December 5, 2019
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M. L.
Singapore, Singapore410 contributions
If you hate crowds but love the architecture and grounds of Japanese temples, spend the morning of one Kyoto day here. This is not to be missed. As an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian Period, this temple is huge with ornate interior doors yet with the austerity of a religious location. The gardens on the property are large, along with a large pond in the back that has three islands in it. It is a great place to wander, soak in the tranquil and lush atmosphere and relax.

The temple is a no-shoes zone. Plastic bags will be provided for you to carry your shoes around or leave them at the entrance of the temple. There is also a treasure hall that is open sometimes where you can look at historical artifacts and holy relics and statues of Buddhist deities for a fee.

Another bonus I found was that part of the money offerings made will go to an international nature charity. It was unexpected as one would expect the temple to absorb the funds for the upkeep of the grounds and building as well as the services carried out, so it was a pleasant discovery.
Written October 12, 2019
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kaiUk
uk16 contributions
Don’t miss this temple. In our opinion it is by far the best and most breathtaking temple in Kyoto. The buildings and gardens are beautifully kept. We were there around 3.30 and it was surprisingly quiet. Go, go, go 😊
Written September 25, 2019
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Rita v
Antwerp Province, Belgium62 contributions
Wet to visit plenty of temples in Kyoto all have their unique feeling, but one thin they all have in common you can find tranquility in yourself and peace ,become one with nature,, you have to have a purpose to visit them not just for sightseeing but to experience an emptyness
Written July 12, 2019
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Lawrence Yuo Hsih Chu
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions
Friends
Daikaku-ji is one of my favourite temples. It's beautiful with the design of the buildings, gardens, and the atmosphere. There is a nice lake, and the stone garden encapsulates the entirety of the grounds. Its quiet despite it's size. There is a heart sutra written by an emperor located on the grounds, you can tell by the bell tied to the small building and the temple. Every 60 years, they open it up to view the heart sutra. We missed it by a few months. It opened on October 2018. In another 60 years, I hope to see this sutra.

In addition, you can trace a heart sutra yourself in one of the buildings. I wanted to do one but we were running out of a time.

I got my 19th goshuin from this place.
Written May 15, 2019
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Ricky S
Wagga Wagga, Australia52 contributions
Friends
Unexpected beauty in this temple. We stumbled upon this after visiting Gioji temple. It was worth visiting.
Written April 27, 2019
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James Q
Ascot, UK257 contributions
Solo
Fantastic, well preserved and beautifully maintained temple. There was literally noone there when I visited by bike. So worth the trip.
Written February 17, 2019
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ts902018
Toronto, Canada30 contributions
Friends
If you want to feel Japanese traditional culture with gardens, Buddha, architecture, nature, please visit this temple.
Photos are almost allowed everywhere.
Written December 19, 2018
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,365 contributions
Couples
The temple as an attraction differs little from many others in Kyoto. It’s gardens are not really the main attraction, there is a large lake but little of the pristine manicured vista seen elsewhere. Here the main attraction are four halls including a couple built in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). At present there is also a special exhibition which doubles the normal 500 Yen admission price to view a priceless scroll dating back to the 12th century and put on view once every sixty years.
Written November 28, 2018
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore307 contributions
Couples
Visit the temple around 9+am. No crowds except for groups of elderly visiting. Nothing outstanding about the temple except for its big pond but the scenery isn't that nice. Does not worth the entrance fees which is around 1k.
Written November 23, 2018
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