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Daisen-in Temple

54-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-491-8346
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Said to be a great rock garden

To be included into your tour even if it is not my favorite one. A nice succession of rock gardens... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
BLshanghai
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Singapore, Singapore
Lovely temple & gardens

This is a small but lovely temple. The pathway to the temple, front garden and interior Rock... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
dziran
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Los Angeles
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54-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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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

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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

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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.

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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!!!

Thank Mindy K
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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

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We so appreciated our visit to this temple. Beautiful gardens with great commentary. The fact that you can't take pictures encourages you to take a pause and contemplate. Not full of tourists when we went, we were able to experience the meditative intent of those...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This seems to be the most commercial temple in the complex, catering to tour groups and with a gift shop. A strict no-photo policy, even of the gardens - unlike all other temples within the complex. Definitely a zen-free zone!

Thank CariTenang
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Located as part of the Daitokuji complex, this Zen temple has the best Zen gardens in the complex (and there are a few good ones), and possbily the best rock garden in Kyoto. Take your time to appreciate not just the scenery but the symbolism...More

Thank Vincent I
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

The garden itself is a delightful space to contemplate, but this big positive is unfortunately outweighed by the over precious rule of no photography, which then results in the guide hovering over you to make sure you obey this rule. This immediately detracts from the...More

Thank PASP123
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

If you don't get Zen gardens or think you can "see" this little site in a few minutes, then please do not waste your money. However, if you enjoy the quiet, meditational beauty of stone gardens, then by all means, this should be high on...More

Thank Leonard G
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