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Daikaku-ji Temple

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Daikaku-ji Temple

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4 Sagaosawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8411 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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YTCHENG wrote a review Dec 2019
Hong Kong, China15,504 contributions802 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mabel L wrote a review Oct 2019
Singapore, Singapore407 contributions109 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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kaiUk wrote a review Sep 2019
uk16 contributions17 helpful votes
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 😊
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rita v wrote a review Jul 2019
Antwerp Province, Belgium63 contributions14 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Lawrence Yuo Hsih Chu wrote a review May 2019
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions84 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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