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Daitoku-ji Temple

53 Murasakino Daitoku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-491-0019
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The Daitoku-ji complex of Zen Buddhism consists of 24 temples,including Daisen-in and Ryogen-in.
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53 Murasakino Daitoku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-491-0019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a 40m bus ride here only to find out that you cannot take pictures of the Zen Garden. I didn't go in out of protest.

Thank TouristIAm
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

A bit of a bus ride from the center, Daitoko-Ji is the site of many temples, four of which you can visit. Beautiful Japanese gardens, old wooden temples, all in a quiet park-like setting. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank robert240
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We went to Daitokuji temple to get our fill of zen gardens. These often feature raked pebbles. The main temple is off-limits. You pay a separate entry fee for each sub-temple you visit, which can add up. Usually 4 are open, rarely more, but on...More

Thank Julian T
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

I traveled kyoto a lot, as you see there are thousands of temple in the city. Daitokuji is one of the popular temple and all guide book I bought in Japan had this temple. If I point out Daitokuji compare with others, - one big...More

Thank Monique1794
Reviewed 29 June 2017

There are many shrines in this complex. It is very important historic part of the development of the Edo period of Japan. It is also a nice place to walk around and enjoy some of their gardens..

Thank manders2016
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We came to this temple & Zen garden on the same day that we found the golden pavilion, which is close by, to be absolutely swamped. Meanwhile here at this temple everything was calm serene & uncrowded. We paid for the tour & we were...More

1  Thank lovetheunexpected
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This huge Buddhist temple grounds feels more like a walled monastery. Within its walls you'll find at least 7 temples, some dating back to the 800s. It sits in the northwest section of Kyoto, not too far from east of the Golden Pavilion. We saw...More

1  Thank culturevulture94
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Many temples in kyoto, one of the nicer ones, with a nice white stone garden. Peaceful to see and enjoy. We liked it and can recomend, within the complex are several temples so depending if you have time you can go through all or just...More

Thank zdaati
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a very large complex of temples. Some of them are open to the public and some are not. Its a very peaceful and tranquil place for wander without the usual Kyoto crowds, but difficult to decide which temples are appealing for a visit....More

Thank Jasmine101Surrey
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Since it's located a little away from tourist area of Kinkakuji temple, this temple is more serene and peaceful. You can feel the true heart of Zen here. A very good substitute to crowded Ryoanji temple since the compounds are quite similar.

Thank poo_surachest
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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