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Daigo-ji Temple

#33 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 22 Daigo Higashi Ojicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 601-1325, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-571-0002

This temple complex includes several buildings and an expansive Japanese...

This temple complex includes several buildings and an expansive Japanese garden. One of the oldest structures in Kyoto is a five-story pagoda that can be found on the temple grounds.

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Nice temple, easy to see

Really cool temple to walk around. Definitely recommend going during the day when the vender are out. However it's nice to visit in the off hours. When we visited we didn't see... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cool temple to walk around. Definitely recommend going during the day when the vender are out. However it's nice to visit in the off hours. When we visited we didn't see any crowds. Also watch out for boars, they're actually there! Saw one on the road at night walking home through Daigo-ji.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Daigoji Temple is known for its cherry blossoms. Indeed, this is the place where Toyotomi Hideyoshi organized a famous cherry blossoms viewing. As I visited at the beginning of April, it was a little bit early for the season. However the temple was overcrowded with tourists, and I enjoyed its festival ambience.

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new york city
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Daigo-ji is like a little temple city. A great temple, like Kiyomizuderma, Daigo-ji lies about 1/2 hr from Kyoto station and is one of the great hanami viewing spots. Gorgeoous architecture, amazing landscaping. Absolutely worth the trip if you are in Kyoto for sakura.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

RAGE|Rave.view NAME: Daigo-ji Temple LOCATION: Kyoto, Japan TIME OF YEAR: March 13 RATING: 5/5 PRICE: Included with tour RESERVATION: n/a QUALITY: Very well preserved LENGTH: 75 minutes RAVE: Traditional Japanese garden RAGE: Lots of exploration and still not sure I saw it all LOWDOWN: This was part of our week long Golden Route Cherry Blossom tour with All Japan Tours.... More 

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Of all the famous temples in Kyoto this was my favourite. Truly beautiful and less visitors. Its a very calm and serene area. Almost spiritual. It's quite far from the centre and public transportation is possible but i'd recommend taking a taxi.

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Reviewed 28 January 2017

One of my favourites. If I was getting married in Japan, I would love to have pictures on the bridge. Its really a magnificient place!

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Reviewed 28 January 2017

It's a bit of a hike from the main tourist area of Kyoto (I think it took about 45 minutes to get there from the Gojo station), but it's well worth it. I didn't realize how enormous it would be until we made it inside, but there are 3 major sections including a museum. The star attraction, for me, was... More 

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

I visited during spring and came back again just before autumn ended. The temple complex is large and you would need to spend at least half a day if you truly wish to enjoy both the upper and lower areas of Daigo. The temple is not as crowded like other famous temples in Kyoto however the views of the cherry... More 

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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The first thing you notice on entering the grounds is how quiet this place is. A sense of peace and serenity embalms you. An idyllic spot for meditation. For cultivating mindfulness as you appreciate the quiet beauty of the trees, the pond, the ancient temple structure and its 5 story pagoda which is a Japanese National Treasure. Best time to... More 

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I really enjoy taking an afternoon walk around this temple. As this temple is nestled away from the city area of Kyoto, it is less crowded and touristy as compared to the more popular ones like the Kiyomizu temple. We took a bus ride from our apartment and alighted in front of a shopping mall (Aru Plaza). We took our... More 

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