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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!!!
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
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
district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.