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Daikaku-ji, Kyoto

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One of the oldest temple complexes in Kyoto, Daikaku-ji consists of a variety of Buddhist shrines connected by elevated wooden walkways. Built on the grounds of a former imperial villa in the 800s, the temple has been the site of important political, religious, and cultural developments throughout its history. See the 1,200-year-old man-made pond, the oldest of its kind in Japan, which offers tranquility and raked gravel gardens. Once famous for its moon-viewing parties, which were atended by the royalty of the past, the temple now stages similar events for the general public during full moon. Take a look at our Kyoto trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Daikaku-ji and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We were biking around the area to see temples and the bamboo forest as we came across this beautiful place. Less people, excellent view and cute lake. It might be because of the lake and the view that...  more »
  • The nicest of the temples I visited in Kyoto. Very beautiful gardens and lake. Not too over run with tourists.  more »
  • Just my favorite memory of Japan.. The harvest moon festival, so well organized and the people were amazing and so kind.. we bought a boat ride to see the full moon, you receive a ticket that has a di...  more »
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  • Favorite temple among all the ones we visited. Lots to see, the English audio guide was excellent, we would have probably missed the signifance of all the things we walked by had we chosen not to take it. Take the audio guide, it's a lot more interesting with it.
  • Intensely beautiful temple in the snow with very few tourists and lots of japanese pilgrims reciting the heart sutra and making their devotions. Hence a very touching atmosphere.
  • One of the best Shojin Riyoyi (vegan Budhidt food) in authentic temple
  • Nice place if you want to take a break from the more crowded arashiyama area (nice walk from there). Great atmosphere around the beautiful lake. Worth a stop if nearby!
  • Very well organised structure Various aspects will make you happy. You can feel many different feelings at here.