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. To visit Daitoku-ji Temple on your trip to Kyoto, use our Kyoto trip itinerary maker .
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  • Sub-temples over 20 of the Rinzai sect which has extensive grounds in autumn: special public, visited the Institute of huangmei. Is arrowhead after a delicious with noodles near the kanai had eased while in the cold rain and bad luck while entering from the back gate and ushered into a beautiful Rainbow and quickly landed lucky. Was able to enjoy the huangmei hospital is small, beautifully landscaped gardens and peaceful Kyoto leaves.
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  • I'm hasty man, but stayed Daitokuji temple over two hours. I forgot the passage of time. I visitde Ryugenji, Zuihoji, and Daisenin Temple. Any of them was open to the public. Much of historical buildi...  more »
  • It's small, or rather it's only got 4 small sub temples open to the public. They are all quite pretty and very quiet and peaceful but we were here on the way to Kinkaku-ji which I'm sure has really ma...  more »
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  • Amazing temples all over the place. Look for the nice ones! Nice are to walk around.
  • Quieter than many places, with equally beautiful and interesting temples and gardens. Each section charges, but were all worth it.
  • Not crowded at all, a strong Japanese architecture and landscaping. Great for photos
  • 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.
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