Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Experience a wealth of Zen gardens and culture at the sprawling, walled complex of Daitoku-ji Temple. Founded in 1319, it suffered great damage in the Onin War (1467-1477), but was successfully repaired and now stands as one of the 14 branches of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen. Across the 23 ha (57 ac) complex, you can see 24 subtemples, along with several other buildings. Many of the temples here have their own Zen gardens hidden behind the walls, serving as peaceful spots for quiet reflection or meditation. Put Daitoku-ji Temple into our Kyoto tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is a temple of the famous karesansui garden. There is too much detail in the Guide come out not so much tourists. However, impressed by the splendid garden. Lok bus will take you from Kyoto station so far. Away from the Temple of the Golden Pavilion kinkakuji Temple in front of many people, but because we come recommended.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I was reminded and Daitoku-ji Temple's major tea cultural and historical ties. Most famous is as Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Rikyu's place. You could place a self-discipline while speculation learn tea ceremony where the early Warring States period close to Rikyu, though so far of many sub-temples in the precincts of Daitokuji Temple starting gate incident tea ceremony culture: Warrior Government and closely tied to the various samurai families and feel. I felt alone said the head temple of the Rinzai Zen sect Daitokuji Temple learn from this Act of the early national period itself, is in a good location. You can also enjoy vegetarian dishes.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Zong Bong Tae over priest in Daitokuji Temple, Akamatsu enshin is open. Zong Bong Tae ultra from the elder statesman of urakami said, so Daitoku-ji Temple has deep connection with Akamatsu said. The fame of Zong Bong Tae Daitoku-ji is later by Emperor Go-Daigo, was second under the gozan of the imperial court system (vary with the age of one). Age descends one produce prodigies of Ikkyu sojun, establish its authority from the warring States period, Saori, age, through Edo period Temple reigned as has. Tacchu Temple also said that many of the leaders by number of donations in was installed in your environment. For example, tsunagi higo Hosokawa Yoshiharu hospital huangmei Univ sōken-in the Maeda family of Kaga's konoike House XING Lin of the Otomo House Mizuki subtemple of the ODA family. And what next to try. Also on the grounds of five Regent houses led 近衞 House of the cemetery and from of the 近衞 House of some well-known near and sentence I enshrined, including Duke. Though it boasts of many sub-temples thus typically open all do not. Is usually published Dragon source hospital, Peninsula hospital, Wong Tai Sin Hospital (very famous rock garden) and tsunagi only and is Center of the Daitoku-ji Temple honbo, including many sub-temples usually visit him operations are taken. I think what the spirit of Zen practice and work. Seems very grateful that four sub-temples always letting the tourists. A lower evaluation of the Daitoku-ji Temple tacchu visit him often that advice number, Temple is the amusement is not because the French travellers (lower rating) distorted feelings so if you have a natural feeling feelings toward you to see that you should not.
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  • May 11, 2017
    Nice place worth visiting and somehow not crowded by visitors. However, you will have to pay 400¥ for each temple, but the place itself is beautiful and you will be able to take a look to most of the "Zen garden" without paying any entrance.
  • July 9, 2016
    one of my favorite spots in Kyoto. Nice collection of small temples - you can get a pass for all three which is cheaper then paying separately. all well worth the visit. Nice, peaceful and tranquil.
  • October 13, 2016
    Daitokuji temple is a collection of smaller temples and they specialise in rock formations. It was hauntingly quiet in this temple though. Probably because it was quiet, although we felt safe at every corner.
  • August 9, 2016
    Very interesting Zen temple complex with many smaller subtemples to see. Interesting artwork, buildings, landscapes, rock gardens. They do a tea ceremony, but you have to arrange in advance.
  • April 15, 2016
    This place is absolutely incredible! It's a grouping of at least 8 sub temples and each temple has its own character. Each sub temple has its own garden. Plan to spend the day. My favorite spot in Kyoto so far

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