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The Daitoku-ji complex of Zen Buddhism consists of 24 temples,including Daisen-in and Ryogen-in.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
53 Murasakino Daitoku-ji-cho, Kita, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-491-0019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovel the relative calmness and peaceful atmosphere of this temple - a way away from the others. There was noone there when I went. 100% worth the trip (I cycled there).

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank James Q
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Daitoku-ji is a complex comprising about 25 subtemples. Three or four buildings constitute Daitoku-ji proper, but they are all either quite average or in a state of disrepair. Over 90% of the area of the complex comprises subtemples, each one of them behind a wall...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank F8714PN_Alex_W
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I, too, enjoyed the relative calmness and serenity at this complex (it is Tokyo, after all). Very few tourists when we visited. Enjoyed the Engish-ish tour of the gardens where we learned a lot about how/why the gardens are set up the way they were....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank oyeah2015
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

The premises around this temple are quiet. Compared to the other sights there are not many people around here. I visited the Daisen-in, one of the temples on the north side. The entrance fee was 400yen. This included an English guide (to be returned at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank l_ono138
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

If you decide to visit this temple complex you’ll find less tourists than in most of Kyoto’s temples. Each temple is paid separately so you can choose some of them. We visited two and they were nice and cozy. As usual the gardens are just...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 149estherg
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

If you’re in the neighborhood of Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji, by all means find yourself at Daitoku-ji Temple. There are any number of sub-temples many of which have their own rock gardens. Of particular note is Daisen-in which has a series of rock gardens surrounding the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank FGraz
Reviewed 18 February 2018

I'm hasty man, but stayed Daitokuji temple over two hours. I forgot the passage of time. I visitde Ryugenji, Zuihoji, and Daisenin Temple. Any of them was open to the public. Much of historical buildings in Daitokuji were usually closed. I want to visit spots...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank 246age
Reviewed 9 February 2018

It's small, or rather it's only got 4 small sub temples open to the public. They are all quite pretty and very quiet and peaceful but we were here on the way to Kinkaku-ji which I'm sure has really made me not like this place...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank BugBait
Reviewed 9 February 2018

It's a large walled temple complex in the north of Kyoto with almost 24 sub-temples inside. This is one of the best places in Japan to see a wide variety of Zen gardens and experience Zen architecture and culture.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Tote919
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The huge temple complex Kyoto. Entrance to the complex itself is open 24 hours a day, where you can walk all day and night. The temples themselves of this complex, you can get only in the afternoon, and even then not all. Open to the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank DimasLaksani
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Response from Monique1794 | Reviewed this property |
Dear my friend, Basically 0930- 1600. Same as most of KYOTO temples. But remember two things. Daitokuji-main complex is only able to see few times for a year. You better check the schedule. And Daitokuji contain many... More
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