Things to do in : Kyoto: Daigoji (Temple)

Located at 22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City inward Kyoto prefecture, Daigoji (Temple) is ane of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kyoto.

Daigoji was founded past times Rigen-daishi who is likewise known equally Master Shobo inward 874. The temple was piously supported past times Emperor Daigo together with hence when he brutal sick together with abdicated inward 930, he entered equally a monk taking the Buddhist mention Ho-kongo here. Sadly, he passed away soon afterward at the historic stream of 46 together with was buried inward the temple vicinity. Before his expiry he ordered the construction of several halls inward the vicinity such equally Yakushi Hall. The side past times side 2 Emperors, Suzaku, together with Murakami, likewise piously supported the temple which set the foundations for Daigoji's perpetual preservation. 

Had fun amongst this "album cover" pose

Due to its really long history, numerous structures together with objects including the Kondo together with its five-story pagoda are marked equally National Treasures together with hundreds of items are marked equally Cultural Assets. The biggest accolade likely conferred to Daigoji was when it was refistered equally a World Heritage Site inward 1994.
Check out the manhole encompass inward Daigoji

The Daigoji (temple) complex is divided into 3 areas. These are the Sanboin Area, Reihokan Area, together with the chief temple complex. Just a heads up, visitors needs to pay a fee to come inward each area. You tin cheque it out hither below:

Combined Ticket (Normal Period)
Senior High/Junior High School Students600yen
*Admission is costless for primary schoolhouse students
GroupAdults 20 or more700yen
Children 20 or more500yen
*Normal Period・・・Admission exterior of Spring together with Autumn Period
Combined Ticket (Spring & Autumn Period)
Senior High/Junior High School Students1000yen
*Admission is costless for primary schoolhouse students
GroupAdults 20 or more1300yen
Children 20 or more800yen

The 3 areas are equally follows:

Sanboin Garden
Kameshima (the pocket-size isle inward the middle of the pond)

Karamon (a National Treasure)

The Sanboin Area is composed of the Sanboin garden, Omote-Shoin,  together with the Hondo. This expanse functions equally the pump of Daigoji that serves equally the chief residence of caput priests. The Sanboin was established inward 1115 past times the 14th caput priest Shokaku. The introduce twenty-four hr stream Sanboin was refurbished inward 1598 for the Daigo-no-Hanamo (cherry bloom viewing) political party of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The garden was designed past times Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself together with is designated equally an Important Cultural Asset. 

Butsuzoto (You tin cheque out the statues here)

Another expanse of Daigoji is the Reihokan Area . It opened inward 1935. This expanse is where the Reihokan (museum) is located. It houses the precious collection of Buddhist statues, paintings, together with applied arts are stored. Some of these are displayed to the populace inward leap together with fall. Sadly, visitors are non allowed to stimulate got photos within the Reihokan to protect these treasures.

Seirugu Honden (Important Cultural Asset)

Seiryugu Haiden
The bell tower inward front end of the Kondo
Kondo ( National Treasure)
Fudodo together with the Goma-dojo epitome inward front end of it

Inside the Soshido

Bentendo (Important Cultural Asset)
Inside Restaurant Juan

Lastly, is the Temple Complex Area. It is the largest of the 3 areas. One tin come inward it via the Saidaimon or Niomon. Nature lovers would genuinely dearest the atmosphere of this area. Several meters away from the Niomon is the Kondo which is Daigoji's chief hall together with is a National Treasure. In front end of the Kondo is the Goju-no-to likewise known equally the five-storey pagoda of Daigoji. It is likewise a National Treasure. Further eastward is the Daikodo together with the really picturesque Bentendo which is an Important Cultural Asset.

We for sure had fun exploring this historic place. 

My household unit of measurement together with I got to see Daigoji during our quaternary twenty-four hr stream of our 22-day run a endangerment inward Japan.  This temple was likewise the commencement temple that nosotros visited inward Kyoto City. Overall, I loved the mix of culture, history, together with nature inward Daigoji. For nutrient lovers, I highly propose that y'all see Restaurant Juan inward the far eastern side of the temple complex. It offers a must crusade alternative of Japanese cuisines. Aside from that it is likewise near the picturesque Bentendo. Overall, I highly propose that y'all notice fourth dimension to see this temple when y'all are inward Kyoto. 

Getting there:

-Daigoji is 10 minutes walk away from the Daigoji Exit of the Subway Tozai Line.
-You tin likewise ride a Keihan Bus #22 or 22A together with then board downward at Daigoji-mae stop.
-Another alternative is to ride the Keihan Bus Yamashina Express Line to Daigoji stop.


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