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Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto

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  • October 4, 2017
    Located on the north side of Daedeok Teramoto, go West alley and immediately. On eyes sale of publicity throughout the main hall to enjoy the Zen Garden, foreign tourists?, I thought.
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  • October 1, 2017
    At the back of the head temple Daitoku-ji Temple. This is the Sub-temples is open all year round. Brilliant stuff, and provided a special place of scenic beauty and landscape garden around the temple. From the East side from falling water, calm is gradually, quiet end to the front of the space. Really seems to see the scenery. This is a great garden.
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  • August 17, 2017
    At the bottom of the very disconcerting Daitokuji with its set of temples, which some seemed abandoned, we found the Daisen-in with its succession of all small gardens, and especially its 4 zen gardens. So certainly the photos are prohibited with most dubious justification, for a time at the Japan feels a bit mercantile attitude (emphasis on what there is for sale), certainly we should refuse the guide too talkative and clumsy but nevertheless we had the feeling that this temple had a soul, that he wasn't simply a stage in the tour of Kyoto and if we once our party guide found time to enjoy these wonderful small gardens
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  • July 14, 2017
    Glorified gift shop. Upon entering, greeted by "no photos" sign, so if you want photos, too bad! Gave the clerk a round amount of money, she quickly handed us tickets and a guide (which I will get to), and then hurried away, never to be seen, nor my change again! (Pretty surprising for Japan) Had a quick look at the guide (a giant wooden board with notes attached) instead of giving information, pretty much just an advertisement for the guy that wrote it. I know more about him than the temple. Walking around the very boring, bleak temple, which was nothing compared to the much less expensive temples on the grounds, I was followed by staff the entire time, not to guide, but to obviously watch for cameras. The place was really busy compared to the other temples. Must be a tour guide hotspot as there were many groups. Most of the temple is taken up by a souvenir store to buy the generic templey souvenirs. It seems like this temple is solely interested in money, from being the most expensive temple I have been to yet (three times that of Kinkakuji), to the massive amount of prayer money boxes, to the gift shop, to the clerk thief. I strongly recommend against this place. A fellow tourist that asked for a photo earlier in another temple bumped into me again, they had already been there, they recommended against going, I went anyway. I wish I heeded their advise.
  • September 9, 2016
    It's a nice place, but really only a ten minute trip. Grab the English guide and read about a few things as you walk around. It's not a big area. Decide for yourself!
  • February 1, 2017
    The philosophy of the gardens are interesting. No pictures allowed.
  • November 8, 2016
    A bit commercial but oldest. Mostly packed. Try oubai-in and ryogen-in if too busy
  • May 11, 2016
    Nice enough Zen rock garden, but very small, no photography allowed, you also have to pack away or give to the attendant all cameras, phones, tablets, etc, and you are watched at every corner. Makes it a bit difficult to get into a peaceful relaxed mood to enjoy the garden. All this because someone actually sold a picture taken in the garden! Probably better to go somewhere with less restrictions.

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