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Daikaku-ji Temple

#30 of 1 368 things to do in Kyoto
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4 Sagaosawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8411, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

We went for the rare opening of the sutra scroll written by/for the Emperor Saga. Absolutely fantastic painted screens on a gold background, old painted wooden ceilings and beams in one shrine. Highly recommended.

Thank stevebruntlett
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came hear after a nice Japanese man recommended us to come hear. It is beautiful and peaceful temple. It was nice just walking around the whole shrine and taking in the views. It was a nice alternative to the other tourist filled fushimi inari...More

Thank Liezl F
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This temple is a must-see for anyone who enjoys fewer crowds/tourists and splendid Buddhist temples. It is so rich in history, culture and art. The price for this temple is reasonable (500¥) and so worth it. Walking around and experiencing all the beauty it possesses,...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

A lesser known (touristically speaking) temple complex that is worth the distance to visit. The various pavilions and landscaped gardens are truly zen, one could spend hours in peaceful contemplation here.

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This temple started 1200 years ago as a villa built by the Emperor Saga and it was converted to a Buddhist temple after his death. A copy of the famous Heart Sutra, hand written by Emperor Saga is housed at this temple and is made...More

1  Thank Jeffrey D
Reviewed 30 May 2018

The lesser visited temples are really where you need to spend your time. There are fewer people, so you always get nice photo opportunities.

Thank theresen63
Reviewed 19 May 2018

An awesome temple to visit, not much tourists, well kept grounds and a good sized lake adjacent to the temple.

Thank Ramamurthy_A
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely temple with quiet grounds and lovely old buildings. There is a pond to view from one of the buildings. It is serene and peaceful. The wooden covered walkways gorgeous.

Thank Christina C
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Most people go to Arashiyama and stop at the Bamboo Walk - but if you explore further you lose the dreaded crowds and find gems like this beautiful temple complex and the wonderful Osawa Pond which is perfect for strolling and a picnic and is...More

Thank Ashley I
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is a beautiful complex. You walk from building to building surrounded by gardens and a large lake. I read that it was mentioned in The Tales of Genji. You can imagine how the ruling class onc lived.

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Nicole H
9 July 2018|
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The period is from September 22 (Sat) - September 24 (Mon), 2018. Only today's ticket.You can't make a reservation. Tickets are sold in front of the gate called "Chokushimon". One ticket is 1000 yen.One person can buy 4... More
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