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.
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.
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