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The Daitoku-ji complex of Zen Buddhism consists of 24 temples,including Daisen-in and Ryogen-in.
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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 26 August 2019

Usually only the famous Daisen-in and one or two other gardens are open to the public. However, from their front gates, you can get a good sense of the formal garden-approach to each subtemple.The pathway movement indirectly toward the main building gives a sense of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

Daitoku-ji temple translates to (大徳寺, the ‘temple of Great Virtue’. This Buddhist temple has 22 sub temples to my surprise of which 8 are open to the public. These sub temples were built as Zen became the Buddhist sect of choice for samurai warriors. Other...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank 712melaniee
Reviewed 8 June 2019

Daitokuji is a large complex of temples in the north of the city. Don't be put off by the huge gates and main halls - to which entrance is denied, arrive early and go round the back to the smaller temples. Here you will find...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed 3 June 2019

We specificlally went to see the gardens and was blown away. The detail and beauty were very special.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank G1455XBdavidf
Reviewed 17 May 2019

Daitoku-ju temple complex was wonderful and the total opposite of Kinkakuji. It must not be considered a major tourist site since even on maps it’s not highlighted the way the other ones are. That was great for me because it was practically empty! Unlike some...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 28 April 2019 via mobile

You can easily combine a visit to this temple complex with Nijo palace, Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, since they are all situated on the same bus line). Daitoku-ji is a Buddhist monastery with more than 20 temples. Usually it’s possible to visit four of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed 4 April 2019 via mobile

Daitoku-ji is a large temple complex that you can get to by bus. As the site is not separated from the town you pay to enter different temples, which is not expensive. We were able to enter the main temple on our visit and see...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 18 February 2019

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
2  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
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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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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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