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Review of Daikaku-ji Temple

Daikaku-ji Temple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

If you are viewing all the temples in the north west of Kyoto, then I would recommend that you persevere to Daikaku-ji. The reason for that advice is that on the way you will see other temples, but this one has variations of shrines, architecture, not to mention colour, plus a large lake. Also, it has many nightingale floors, i.e. the ones which squeak when you walk on them. True, it is a distance, but your bus pass will get you there and back if you don't fancy walking. I did this as sixth out of six temples in one day, so my appetite was lagging, but it was still a great site to see and I am really glad that I went the full distance.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

If you want a truly contemplative temple experience, make the effort to get to Daikoku-ji in the Sagano district, west of Kyoto. Take the #28 bus from D3 stand at Kyoto Station and it's at the end of the run. The temple was originally a 9th century palace of Emperor Saga and became a Shingon Buddhist temple about 30 years after his death. Such a beautiful setting - all the buildings are low and blend into the green background - they are all connected by 'nightingale' floor walkways. The screen paintings are superb, and the floor-level frieze of rabbits is playful. The overall feeling is of peacefulness and serenity. There are few western tourists, and not many Japanese, so it's possible to really enjoy the atmosphere without distraction. There is a small pavilion at the entrance with some examples of ikebana and the gardens are delightful.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We had the benefit of a Context Tour guide for our visit to this less attended attraction, but this complex of temples and gardens had it all, including temples of all shapes, sizes and uses, and a rock garden, a moss garden, and beautiful strolling gardens. Tourists are almost nonexistent here, but all that you need to fully appreciate the Buddhist experience is right here. A great alternative to the much more publicized temples. And get with Context Tours and sign up for one of their guides. A really great learning experience.

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Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

Being out of the way not many tourists venture this far but that makes this place all the better; very quiet, peaceful and serene. Get the number 28 bus from Kyoto station, get off at this temple, enjoy the peaceful surrounding, bring something to eat by the lake/bond, then walk down the hill to Arashiyama and see the bamboo grove and river for a perfect day out.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

After visiting Meiji jingu and the Asakusa shrine in Tokyo and the Golden Pavilion, me and my wife went here. We took a beautiful walk from Ryokan Yamazaki (the first half of the way isn't beautiful, but the rest truly is!).

The temple is really peaceful and beautiful! Except some Japanese tourists, we were all alone. Take at least one hour to stroll around inside the temple and listen to the "nightingale floors". We took another half an hour to walk around east of the temple. The lake is beautiful and there are a lot of fish.

There is a taxi stand just south of the temple. A taxi was already there when we came out and we didn't have to wait.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and want to see a beutiful temple. I imagine it being wonderful in the spring with the cherry blossom, but in June it was truly amazing as well.

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