Daigoji Temple 醍醐寺

  • Published on : 28/09/2020
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Located in southeast Kyoto Daigoji Temple was founded by Shobo in 874. Now a World Heritage Site the temple is a great place to see the changing of the leaves.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was supposedly attracted to the temple by the beauty of its cherry trees and was persuaded by the abbot of the day to restore it, which he did in his characteristic opulent style.

Today Daigoji is a World Heritage Site, primarily because of the treasures within. Sanboin, for example, is an Imperial temple. Its Karamon gate was opened only when Imperial messengers visited. Within this is the Sanboin Garden, which is a National Treasure, and has 800 rocks.

Next is the Gojonoto, or five-story pagoda, which was completed in 951 and is the oldest of its type in Japan and 38 meters tall. Third, the impressive Niomon Gate was, following a fire, rebuilt in 1605.

A stream with a small waterfall

Daigoji Kyoto

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Address, timetable & access

Daigoji Temple

  • Address

    22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku

    601-1325

    Japan

  • Phone

    +81 (0)75 571 0002
  • Timetable

    Open from 9 am - 4:40 pm.
  • Price

    Entrance: 600 yen. Reihokan: 600 yen. Shimogaran: 600 yen

  • Access

    Ride the Tozai Subway Line of the Kyoto subway system to Daigo Station, and walk east for about 10 minutes. The terminus of the Tozai subway line is Rokujizo which intersects with Rokujizo Station on the JR Nara Line and the Rokujizo Station on the Keihan Line to Uji.

    There are Keihan buses, numbers #22, #22A and #24 from Yamashina Keihan Station and #22 and #22A from Rokujizo Station.
  • Website

    https://www.daigoji.or.jp/index_e.html

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