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Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Historic Site
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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  • 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 »
  • This is not a Temple, but a set of several temples and homes. Attention if you want to enter temples or gardens have to pay every time (between 400 and 600 yen), which can quickly drive up the Bill... So go there simply to stroll, the place is super relaxing! Not essential, but if you're in the area please.
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  • This temple is located some distance from the city centre. It is potty time even admission and sightsee anyway on a large site, so look at all about the feeling. Though the gardens of Wong Tai Sin Hospital is small, so there. From Temple who is informed and deeper understanding.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 24 temples around main ones. Dont do in a rush day, enjoy it slowly.