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18 Dec 2018
“This is the worst temple I’ve ever visited”
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54-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-491-8346
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here are part of a group tour. We were "treated" to a long meditation "session" presided over by one of the monks in a very cold room and if you didn't sit perfectly still he would yell at you. I suppose some may...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stacy C
Reviewed 19 December 2018

Do not go there. No photos are allowed. Greedy monk and ladies are working to sell from teas to Japanese scrolls. First I thought they were very kind enough to explain temple and garden history until I was asked to enter the room with many...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank ts902018
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Daisen-in is a subtemple of the Daitoku-ji complex. Located behind a wall and a payment counter, Daisen-in is really just one small house with a garden no bigger than the average suburban garden. The small area is nicely done -- patterned gravel and affectively placed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank F8714PN_Alex_W
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Very sad that an institution like this would be so driven by greed. The entrance costs 400 yen and there's pretty much nothing to see. The lady selling the ticket tried to upsell us on lots of other stuff. Then there's a monk sitting in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nicktaber2017
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

You have to pay for nothing! Photos are not allowed but there's nothing interesting inside and I have a guy following me all the time because he thought I was going to take pictures of this crap place.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank EdwinA184
Reviewed 4 December 2017

To be included into your tour even if it is not my favorite one. A nice succession of rock gardens with great explanations given at the entrance which enables to follow better (in English). Quite touristic though, so you might not be the only one...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank bruno l
Reviewed 27 November 2017

This is a small but lovely temple. The pathway to the temple, front garden and interior Rock gardens are all very nice. This is my favorite temple among those I saw within the Daitoku-ji complex. Upper and lower rock gardens are the best. Crowds thin...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank dziran
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

An overcrowded mediocre small zen garden combined with a strict non photograph policy. In my opinion a waste of time. There are far better temples in Kyoto and around....skip this one.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank TheFirstStep
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

This was a great experience. Our tour guide was amazing and explained everything. The place itself was beautiful and was an unexpected highlight of our visit to Kyoto. Lovely place with lovely people- highly recommend!!!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mindy K
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

This place truely encompasses the meaning of zen. Put your cameras away and prepare to focus in a different way and take it all in. Paid entry does limit the tourist numbers although some large groups do stop by. Best to try and time your...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank NataliePatricia
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