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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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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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  • We came to this temple & Zen garden on the same day that we found the golden pavilion, which is close by, to be absolutely swamped. Meanwhile here at this temple everything was calm serene & uncrowded...  more »
  • This huge Buddhist temple grounds feels more like a walled monastery. Within its walls you'll find at least 7 temples, some dating back to the 800s. It sits in the northwest section of Kyoto, not too ...  more »
  • Many temples in kyoto, one of the nicer ones, with a nice white stone garden. Peaceful to see and enjoy. We liked it and can recomend, within the complex are several temples so depending if you have t...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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