Daigo-ji Temple
Daigo-ji Temple
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This temple complex includes several buildings and an expansive Japanese garden. One of the oldest structures in Kyoto is a five-story pagoda that can be found on the temple grounds.
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Neighbourhood: Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,239 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A historic temple with a history of 1,400 years.

There were only a few tourists during my visit, it was a fantastic experience to enjoy the stunning scenery without the crowd.

It's early autumn now, some yellow and a few red maple leaves, accompanied by large volume of green, which is very beautiful.

Around one month later, large amount of red and yellow maple leaves will embellish the scenery even more beautifully. However, by then there will be crowds of people, not as it is quiet and peaceful now.

Sanbō-in (三宝院) has amazing architectures and a gorgeous garden. It is a must visit.
Written 15 October 2023
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Georgiana A
25 contributions
Apr 2019
It's been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided it's still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck with me. The bright colours of Kiyomizu Dera and gilded luxury of Kinkakuji may be the obvious tourist attractions, but I think Daigoji is the more realistic representation of nowadays Japan, at least outside the mega-cities. The shrinking, aging communities are probably less and less able to maintain or restore these local sites to their ancient splendour. Gazing at the beams of the Daigoji pagoda, one can instantly tell that they used to be painted in the same vibrant vermillion that dazzles the eye in the Kiyomizu sunset. Given enough time and neglect, the latter may still come to this state of half-abandonment. I remember the temples and gardens being almost completely devoid of any human presence, except for some sweet Japanese old ladies curating the museum or taking a stroll on the grounds. This made for an eerily serene experience, especially since it was mid-April and the sakura blossoms had just fallen. I guess the word that best describes what I felt on that day would be "natsukashii", that yearning for something beautiful and picturesque, yet at the same time out of reach and sad...
Written 8 February 2020
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Vermont7,422 contributions
Apr 2019
We returned to Daigo-ji for sakura after having visited it in the past for autumn foliage.

The sakura were at peak just as we had been told by the Kyoto Tourist Information Center.

The Shimo Daigo, or lower level, was at full bloom with both the weeping cherry trees and the Somei Yoshino in perfect form. Sometimes it pays to listen to the advice of the TIC agents along with checking online for current sakura reports. We spent a long time on the lower level where the majority of the sakura were visiting the various buildings and enjoying the blossoms.

Sadly, the gigantic trees along each side of the lower paths were no more. The trees used to form a huge forest as far as one could see but they were blown down by the previous season’s typhoon which apparently had totally destroyed the forest. We saw uprooted trees, bare earth where trees had been, and stacks of giant logs cut from the trees. The paths had 3-4 foot high tarps along the sides forming a sort of wall to keep visitors out of the fallen tree zone.

We walked up the path to the area near the Bentendo; finally we were beyond the tarp wall and the down trees. We felt that this level was more attractive in foliage season.

The little shop that serves soup, however, was again a welcome lunchtime break.

We also were treated to a tea ceremony. A tea master had set up on the lawn under one of the blooming sakura and a film crew was taping the ceremony. We watched along with many Japanese visitors. Then we were invited to join the men on the mat and participate in the ceremony. I think we were given the invitation because we were the only Westerners there. How could we say no?
Written 7 February 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Nov 2019
Daigo-ji Temple was a Shingon temple founded in early Heian Period. Emperor Daijo entered his buddhist periesthood here at the age of 46 with the name Ho-kongo. He died at the age of 46 and buried here. The temple was divided into three parts with separate admission charges and it was famous for color foliages during autumn.
Written 9 December 2019
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Amy R
Tucson, AZ32 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I hate saying this, but I was very excited to visit this temple and wish I would have skipped it. It’s not very convenient to get to. If you want to avoid a mile long trek mostly uphill I recommend getting a taxi at the station. Maps also took me out of the way to the back and not the entrance, so be careful if walking.

The site is very run down. Many trees are down and it looks like it is under heavy construction work. This was the most costly temple I visited at 1500 yen. I really didn’t feel like this was worth the effort or cost.
Written 24 November 2019
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737lucasp
Colorado248 contributions
Jul 2019
This was one of the highlights (THE highlight???) of my time in Kyoto. The Temple grounds were empty when I was there, allowing me to wander around freely and take as many photos as I liked. I also chose to hike to the top of the "mountain" behind the temple: Be Warned: You have to pay extra to hike - as a visitor. It was a challenging hike, but I was the only person at the top, and I wandered around to explore and take pictures for a couple hours. If you want some exercise and to get away from everything, I'd highly recommend this complex, including the hike.
Written 15 September 2019
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atena a
2 contributions
Sept 2019 • Friends
i went there with my friends we had best time there really nice place in kyoto.we maybe visite there again and again
Written 12 September 2019
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hchaset
Aventura, FL14 contributions
Jul 2019
The most beautiful of the temples we saw in Japan, quiet, serene and home to monks, devout and tourists. Every corner brought a new and beautiful view. The garden is superb. Go on the 29th of the month and there is also a flea market with local fruit and antique vendors.
Written 4 September 2019
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Cheryl094
Chicago, IL355 contributions
Aug 2019
We were a little disappointed in this site. I think it is probably better during different seasons but mid-August in the heat isn't the best time. Also, it is very complicated to get here. Very far from the subway and an uphill climb with no shade if it is 100 degrees like when we went. Go if you have time but things closer in Kyoto are probably better. There are only two stunning things to see here--the five-tiered pagoda and then the temple and the red bridge but it is closed off and you can't approach it really--not close enough to appreciate it fully anyway.
Written 21 August 2019
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Aditi A
Noida, India180 contributions
Apr 2019
This place is worth the visit.Kyoto is just a beautiful place.Each and every place is just incredible
Written 12 August 2019
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