Attraction Daigoji 22 Daigohigashiojicho Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325 Published on: 29-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Daigoji Temple is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Daigoji Temple is special ?
Daigoji Temple is famous for its five storied pagoda, cherry blossom viewing in spring and a traditional Japanese garden. Daigoji Temple is part of a largeJapanese Temple complex and is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beautyand a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the 'Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)' listing. Daigoji Temple is the main temple of the Shingon sect Daigo School. Daigoji Temple was founded about mid-9th century with a few simple structures on a mountaintop.
The main temple grounds are located at the base of the mountain and are connected via a hiking trail to several more temple buildings around the summit.
What to explore at Daigoji Temple?
Upon entering the main temple grounds, visitors will first come across the Sanboin, the elegant former residence of the head priest, which was originally constructed in 1115. The current building, along with its outstanding landscape garden dates to 1598 when it was reconstructed and expanded for Toyotomi Hideyoshi's famous cherry blossom viewing party held here. The building remains an excellent example of extravagant Momoyama architecture and should not be missed.
Next is the Gojonoto, or five-story pagoda, which was completed in 951 and is the oldest of its type in Japan and 38 meters tall. Third, the impressive Niomon Gate was, following a fire, rebuilt in 1605.
Finally is the Reihokan Hall, which contains 10 national treasures, and 50 Important Cultural Properties. Reihokan is open from October 1 December 3, and admission is JPY.600 ($5)
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How to get to Daigoji Temple?
Daigoji Temple is located a 15 minute walk or short bus ride (200 yen, every 20 minutes) from Daigo Station along the Tozai Subway Line. From Kyoto Station, take a JR train to Yamashina Station (5 minutes, JPY.190- $1.6 ) and transfer to the Tozai Subway Line (8 minutes, JPY.260 - $2.2). Alternatively, take Keihan Bus number 22 or 22A from Yamashina Station to Daigoji (20 minutes, JPY.220 - $1.9 , departures every 20 minutes).
- Keihan Bus also operates direct buses called "Yamashina Express" between Kyoto Station (in front of Hotel Keihan) and Daigoji. The one way trip takes 30 minutes and costs JPY.300 - $2.5. Buses depart every 30-50 minutes.
- Amazingly large and beautifully maintained Buddhist temple complex
- Tremendous character and atmosphere
- The finest garden in Japan plus a great museum
- Put this on your autumn "Must See" list
- Daigoji Temole, Center for Shingon Buddhist Order
Daigoji 22 Daigohigashiojicho Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325
Tips for you
Just like the four seasons, the faces of Daigoji also change to reflect the different times of the year. There are many large weeping blossom trees on the grounds, particularly around the museum, which would certainly look magnificent in the spring. A short walk further into the temple grounds gets you to the Shimo Daigo (Lower Daigo) area where most of the temple's other important buildings stand.What to see
You should be aware that you board the bus for the return trip from the same stop that you arrived at, not the stop across the road. The bus goes in a strange loop, and if you board from across the road ,youwill get taken all around the town, before returning to Daigoji and then to the station.Experience
Daigo-ji consists of 3 parts: Kami-Daigo (upper mountain area)( Entry from 9:00 to 16:00 (until 15:00 from December through February). Everybody must return to the base of the mountain by 17:00 ) ( JPY.600 - $5 ) Shimo-Daigo (lower part) ( 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from early December through February). Fee : JPY.600 - $5 ) Sanbō-in (garden area) ) ( 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from early December through February). Fee : JPY.600 - $5 )Ticket and Pricing
I spent half a day there recently visiting only 2 of the 3 parts of this temple. The highest part would require a one to two-hour walk up a hill/small mountain to reach. Though the cherry blossoms there are supposed to be of the late blooming variety, my cab driver happily informed me that the cherry blossoms have bloomed 5 days earlier than usual so we were treated to a visual feast when we visited. Not only did they have magnificently mature cherry blossom trees, they also have equally magnificent pine trees as well. As the place was really huge, we did not feel crowded out by the large number of visitors many of whom were Japanese. I guess either foreign tourists are unaware of this place or the location of the temple is not as convenient. Anyway, to play safe I negotiated with my cab driver to charge me on a time basis and he was very eager to play informative guide as well. We enjoyed the grounds and plantings besides the very impressive museum with a lot of Buddhist artwork and artefacts besides paintings of the complex and certain trees. There was this impressive cherry blossom tree in full bloom which could be admired from a glass walled room where one and all were expected to appreciate its beauty in silence and prohibited from taking any photos. Truly this is great for relaxation. I would highly recommend this temple to anyone visiting Kyoto. It is worth the trouble finding your way here. This place is magnificent from a nature and landscaping perspective and also an interesting Buddhist museum too even for non believers.
I didn't explore much of this temple as this was my fourth temple of my temple-hopping tour. The gardens are pretty, especially if the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It's worth visiting to check out the 5-story pagoda.