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Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto

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  • To be included into your tour even if it is not my favorite one. A nice succession of rock gardens with great explanations given at the entrance which enables to follow better (in English). Quite tour...  more »
  • Though this temple include Temple around round up and surrounding landscape would. I think karesansui garden is located around the temple, around the garden would not be found little else. Changing and from behind toward the table, River from mountain to the sea goes as is seems it.
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  • This is a small but lovely temple. The pathway to the temple, front garden and interior Rock gardens are all very nice. This is my favorite temple among those I saw within the Daitoku-ji complex. Uppe...  more »
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  • One of my favorite temples in Kyoto. The garden is perfect, and I could spend hours watching it. They organize zen meditation session on Saturday and Sunday, from 5 to 6pm. The meditation is followed by a tea time, where you can drink matcha while chatting with the monk. It’s an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. The entrance fee is 400¥ and the meditation fee is 1000¥. You have to reserve for the meditation.
  • Very Rude Women Staff discriminates against handicapped people. Nothing Buddhist about this place. They treat you like a child by having you to use a bag. Garden is not even worth photographing. The women are typical robots. They also try to steal your money and not give you the change back.
  • The best zen garden in kyoto in my opinion. No wonder Myamoto Musashi studied here when writing the book of the five rings. No photo allowed.
  • 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.
  • No photos allowed. Staff follow you around staring at your camera to enforce the rule. Was pretty quiet when I was there, not much to see.

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