Daiou-ji Temple
Daiou-ji Temple
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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SHAKYO:Calligraphy:Words relating to Buddhism. You can do Shakyo experience while overlooking the garden.It will be a wonderful experience. let's try. ●The practice of single character . ●About 40 minutes. ●Chief priest (Monk) will teach you. ●Fee:1person 2,000JPY・2persons 3,000JPY・3persons 4,000JPY・4persons 5,000JPY ●You can take your completed work home. ●We write your name in Japanese character (Kanji) on your work. ●We don’t have regular opening hours. ●When we have events,we are closed. ●Please feel free to ask. Thank you.
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  • Hannah J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GO TO THIS TEMPLE! And learn caligraphy :)
    This was such a nice and suprising temple We could ring the bell without an appointment and we were very warm welcomed by the keeper of the temple. For a nice 1000 yen (about 7 euro pp) we could learn caligraphy from an experienced buddhist. He learned us more about the japenese language, he was very nice and enthousiastic. It was all very well prepared. With a stunning view on the garden; we really enjoyed the activity. You recieve your best version with your name in Japanese. When we got home we hang them in our bedroom in a frame.
    Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
    Written 19 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Robyne B
    Sydney, Australia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful experience
    During our visit we were shown how to do some calligraphy which was then stamped and our names were written in Japanese symbols. We are taking home a beautiful souvenir, but more importantly memories if a lovely and generous experience. An inexpensive Japanese experience, with gold
    Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
    Written 19 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • tomizuta1953
    Funabashi, Japan1,226 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss the grand Sanmon Gate and the Juuoudou (shrine of the ten Gods of Hell)
    I visited this temple during a three hours' guided tour of Takayama in September 2023. Of the many temples in the Higashiyama district, this temple was one of the most interesting. The temple belongs to the Buddhist Jodo sect and was relocated from nearby to this place in the late 16th century during the reign of the first feudal lord of Takayama, Nagachika Kanamori. The grand entrance Sanmon Gate is a masterpiece of Hida carpentry, reconstructed in 1807. I was also intrigued by the Juuoudou (shrine of the ten Gods of Hell) with a painting of hell in the back. The shrine was for people to repent and pray for merciful judgement by the Gods after they ended their lives on earth. This temple is certainly worth spending some time, if you are exploring the Higashiyama area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • F K
    Portland, Oregon15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn to write all over again!
    We loved learning to write a kanji character with the Chief Monk Gene. He was patient and a very good teacher, explaining the significance of the characters and answering questions. The temple is beautiful and peaceful. This quiet hour was one of our favorite things from our trip to Japan and we hung our calligraphy in our home.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • janeevans24
    Llandovery, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible experience
    We attended a calligraphy lesson and had the most amazing time. The teacher was so gentle and patient and we really felt relaxed and ‘in the moment’ while practising the strokes before choosing our best shakyo image. We had tea afterwards while enjoying the view of the beautiful garden full of fall leaves.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
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janeevans24
Llandovery, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We attended a calligraphy lesson and had the most amazing time. The teacher was so gentle and patient and we really felt relaxed and ‘in the moment’ while practising the strokes before choosing our best shakyo image.
We had tea afterwards while enjoying the view of the beautiful garden full of fall leaves.
Written 3 February 2024
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F K
Portland, OR15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We loved learning to write a kanji character with the Chief Monk Gene. He was patient and a very good teacher, explaining the significance of the characters and answering questions. The temple is beautiful and peaceful. This quiet hour was one of our favorite things from our trip to Japan and we hung our calligraphy in our home.
Written 14 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I visited this temple during a three hours' guided tour of Takayama in September 2023. Of the many temples in the Higashiyama district, this temple was one of the most interesting. The temple belongs to the Buddhist Jodo sect and was relocated from nearby to this place in the late 16th century during the reign of the first feudal lord of Takayama, Nagachika Kanamori. The grand entrance Sanmon Gate is a masterpiece of Hida carpentry, reconstructed in 1807. I was also intrigued by the Juuoudou (shrine of the ten Gods of Hell) with a painting of hell in the back. The shrine was for people to repent and pray for merciful judgement by the Gods after they ended their lives on earth. This temple is certainly worth spending some time, if you are exploring the Higashiyama area.
Written 19 November 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A peaceful temple with lovely grounds, perfect if you want to escape the crowds at the town center. Highly recommended.
Written 17 October 2023
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Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 20 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Robyne B
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
During our visit we were shown how to do some calligraphy which was then stamped and our names were written in Japanese symbols. We are taking home a beautiful souvenir, but more importantly memories if a lovely and generous experience. An inexpensive Japanese experience, with gold
Written 10 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 20 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stephanie L
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I came across Daiou-ji temple while doing Takayama's Higashiyama walking course, and decided to go in for a calligraphy lesson. Tanaka-san, the chief priest, was friendly, kind, and a great teacher :) I am also a fan of the temple grounds, with a beautiful garden to admire.
Overall I really enjoyed the experience, and got a great souvenir too. Strongly recommend!
Written 11 September 2023
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Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 15 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dominik H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
An amazing experience and you get to go home with the best souvenir possible. It is perfect to frame at home. The chefpriest and his colleague were incredibly friendly and the most amazing teachers. We would highly recommend!
Written 31 August 2023
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Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 4 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hannah J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was such a nice and suprising temple
We could ring the bell without an appointment and we were very warm welcomed by the keeper of the temple. For a nice 1000 yen (about 7 euro pp) we could learn caligraphy from an experienced buddhist. He learned us more about the japenese language, he was very nice and enthousiastic. It was all very well prepared. With a stunning view on the garden; we really enjoyed the activity. You recieve your best version with your name in Japanese. When we got home we hang them in our bedroom in a frame.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 19 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

razortupence
rapid city45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
The temples in Japan are extraordinary. Each has a specific history and reason for existing. Do not turn down opportunities to visit.
Written 27 January 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Went there through the impressive Sanmon gate. Found that we could learn calligraphy. Practiced calligraphy while stealing a glance or two at the beautiful garden.
Written 22 November 2019
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Thank you very much for the review.Gene Tanaka
Written 15 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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