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Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto
(3.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Since it's located a little away from tourist area of Kinkakuji temple, this temple is more serene and peaceful. You can feel the true heart of Zen here. A very good substitute to crowded Ryoanji temp...  more »
  • A vast site is a temple of the Cathedral. Sen no Rikyu statue placed on the main gate, thousands there is famous Temple of Rikyu's death caused. Around line of numerous sub-temples. Daitokuji-natto in preserved food is famous.
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  • Complex with lots of various temples, large and small, with garden, sometimes separated from each other by walkways or small speakers. The Daitoku-ji is the main temple. Rate variable for each temple. Attendance less than for other temples more recalculating.
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