Enjoy the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji Temple

by Tatsuhiro

(History of the temple)
 This temple is the "Sohonzan" head temple of the Daikaku-ji faction of Shingonsyu Buddhism sect founded by the Reverend Kobo-daishi Kukai. It was originally built as the villa of Emperor Saga when he got married in early Heian period (794 to 1191) and was later enlarged and given the name Daikaku-ji Temple  in 876. It is also the place where "Ikebana" flower arrangement began and the location of Samurai dramas and other modern dramas.
(Highlights)
 There are a total of eight buildings, a ceiling painting, a large pond and others in the spacious precincts which have been built with all sorts of Japanese construction technique and are a pleasure to your eyes. After getting out of the temple compound, walk a bit to the rim of large Osawa-ike Pond. Not only the clear water, but also fish, lotus flowers (in summer) and birds will welcome you.
(How to enjoy)
 Just walk inside the buildings according to the instructions. You can get in touch with the serene environment and the traditional Japanese culture.
 (Others)
 The entrance fee is 500 yen and  the JR fare is  240 yen from Kyoto station. If you take a bus, the fare is 230 yen.
 Tour of Daikaku-ji Temple is here

23 Aug 2015


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It took me some 20 years to be qualified for this job and I feel honored for being able to help tourists from abroad understand our nation and culture. Japan is a beautiful country with a long history, tradition and rich cultural heritages, having various features in each of the four distinct seasons. Although there are now many visitors from abroad, mainly from Asian countries, they are mostly interested in shopping taking advantage of cheaper yen rather than understanding our people and culture. Kyoto and Nara are the two cities best known by foreign tourists, but not all the aspects of Japanese culture are concentrated there. If you visit the countryside other than these two cities, you will never fail to see the beautiful natural surroundings and people who will warmly welcome you. I wish to work as the bridge between Japanese people and tourists from all over the world. read more


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