Daikaku-ji Temple
Daikaku-ji Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Daikaku-ji Temple is truly a hidden gem. There were hardly any other people visiting which made it a very peaceful experience. There are gorgeous painted sliding doors and an impressive ceiling painting of a dragon. One of the most beautiful temples I've ever been to.
Written 29 October 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Daikaku-ji Temple is a tranquil escape in Kyoto! Accessible from Tenryuji Temple by bus (number 28), with frequent weekend service, the 10-minute ride drops you right at the temple (Daikakuji stop). The serene ambiance allowed me to escape the bustling crowds of Arashiyama. The highlight was the mesmerizing fusuma art, adding to the spiritual charm of the temple. A must-visit spot for those seeking a peaceful and cultural experience in Kyoto.
Written 23 July 2023
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Damien H
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This temple has a wonderful garden. I have been there three times, summer, autumn and winter and each season the garden changes, all seasons have different points of beauty in different parts of the garden. It has been relatively quiet so the garden makes you feel like you are the only one there.
Written 8 February 2023
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Daikaku-ji Temple was initially an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian period. The huge temple with ornate doors surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake were targets for visitors. Recommended to visitors when traveling Sagaosawacho area.
Written 5 December 2019
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M. L.
Singapore, Singapore415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you hate crowds but love the architecture and grounds of Japanese temples, spend the morning of one Kyoto day here. This is not to be missed. As an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian Period, this temple is huge with ornate interior doors yet with the austerity of a religious location. The gardens on the property are large, along with a large pond in the back that has three islands in it. It is a great place to wander, soak in the tranquil and lush atmosphere and relax.

The temple is a no-shoes zone. Plastic bags will be provided for you to carry your shoes around or leave them at the entrance of the temple. There is also a treasure hall that is open sometimes where you can look at historical artifacts and holy relics and statues of Buddhist deities for a fee.

Another bonus I found was that part of the money offerings made will go to an international nature charity. It was unexpected as one would expect the temple to absorb the funds for the upkeep of the grounds and building as well as the services carried out, so it was a pleasant discovery.
Written 12 October 2019
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kaiUk
uk16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Don’t miss this temple. In our opinion it is by far the best and most breathtaking temple in Kyoto. The buildings and gardens are beautifully kept. We were there around 3.30 and it was surprisingly quiet. Go, go, go 😊
Written 25 September 2019
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Rita v
Antwerp Province, Belgium61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Wet to visit plenty of temples in Kyoto all have their unique feeling, but one thin they all have in common you can find tranquility in yourself and peace ,become one with nature,, you have to have a purpose to visit them not just for sightseeing but to experience an emptyness
Written 12 July 2019
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Lawrence Yuo Hsih Chu
Vancouver, Canada128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Daikaku-ji is one of my favourite temples. It's beautiful with the design of the buildings, gardens, and the atmosphere. There is a nice lake, and the stone garden encapsulates the entirety of the grounds. Its quiet despite it's size. There is a heart sutra written by an emperor located on the grounds, you can tell by the bell tied to the small building and the temple. Every 60 years, they open it up to view the heart sutra. We missed it by a few months. It opened on October 2018. In another 60 years, I hope to see this sutra.

In addition, you can trace a heart sutra yourself in one of the buildings. I wanted to do one but we were running out of a time.

I got my 19th goshuin from this place.
Written 15 May 2019
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Ricky S
Wagga Wagga, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Unexpected beauty in this temple. We stumbled upon this after visiting Gioji temple. It was worth visiting.
Written 27 April 2019
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James Q
Ascot, UK256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Fantastic, well preserved and beautifully maintained temple. There was literally noone there when I visited by bike. So worth the trip.
Written 17 February 2019
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