Daigoji (醍醐 寺) is an important temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and a designated World Heritage Site. The great temple complex lies southeast of the center of Kyoto and includes an entire mountain. The main grounds of the temple at the base of the mountain and are connected by a trail of several other buildings around the top of the temple.
Upon entering the main temple premises, visitors will first met Sanboin, the elegant residence of the head priest, which was originally built in 1115. The present building, with its striking landscape garden dates back to 1598 when it was rebuilt and enlarged to famous cherry blossom viewing party Toyotomi Hideyoshi held here. The building is an excellent example of the extravagant architecture Momoyama and should not be missed.
Five Pagoda in the field of Shimo Daigo
A short walk away in the temple grounds takes you to Daigo (Lower Daigo) Shimo area which hosts most of the other important buildings of the temple. Among them is the Kondo room or main hall, which was built in 926. The current building was transferred in 1599 and recorded Daigoji main purpose of temple worship, a statue of the seated Buddha Yakushi.
Also in the field Shimo Daigo is a 38 meters high, five-storied pagoda is the oldest building in Kyoto checked. Built in 951, the pagoda is the only structure to survive the fires that destroyed several times over the centuries Daigoji. And last but not least, there is the Bentendo room, probably the most photographed building Daigoji, next to a pond at the rear of the Shimo Daigo area. The room is especially beautiful in late November when he is surrounded by autumn colors.
Also located on the main enclosure of the temple at the base of the mountain is the Reihokan Museum, an elegant treasure, which preserves and exhibits the largest collection of historical documents and temple art objects, including statues and paintings. Some of the most impressive temple weeping cherry trees stand in the museum garden and are usually in bloom in early April.
In the back of the speaker of the lower temple, not far from the Bentendo Hall, is the path of Kami Daigo (High Daigo), speaker of the original temple Daigoji, which are located around the top of the mountain. It takes about an hour to climb the steep path through the forest. Those who separate themselves from the crowd and make the climb are rewarded with more rooms wooden installed along the quiet wooded mountain and overlooking the plain to Osaka on a clear day.
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How to get there
Daigoji Temple is a 15-minute walk or short bus ride (200 yen every 20 minutes) Daigo Station along the Tozai subway line. From Kyoto Station, take a train to JR Yamashina Station (5 minutes, 180 yen) and transfer to the Tozai subway line (8 minutes, 250 yen). Alternatively, take Keihan bus number 22 or 22A of the Yamashina station to Daigoji (20 minutes, 210 yen, departures every 20 minutes)
Hours and fees
Sanboin, Shimo Daigo and Museum Reihokan (lowlands)
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from early December to February)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 600 yen for each Sanboin, Shimo Daigo and Reihokan Museum
Combined ticket for 1000 yen and Sanboin Shimo Daigo
¥ 1.500 combined ticket for Sanboin, Shimo Daigo and Reihokan Museum
Kami Daigo (upper patterns)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission (until 15:00 from December to February)
Everyone must return to the base of the mountain by 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 600 yen
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Daigo – ji
Founded in 874 by Shobo at the top of Mt. Daigo Daigo – ji became a Chokugan – ji (a temple built by the will of the Emperor) in 907. As its importance grew, the Shimogaran (ShimoDaigo) was born. In this Daigo – ji are many cultural assets, including a five-story pagoda (a national treasure and the old wooden structure in Kyoto Prefecture) and Sanboin Garden (designated as special historic site and place the beautiful scenery), the last Toyotomi Hideyoshi used as its own private retreat.
22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
Take the Tozai line of Daigo metro station and to the east.
Sanpo-in at Daigo-ji Temple (entrance fee): ¥ 600
Reihokan: 600 yen
Garan: 600 yen
Daigo-ji temple photos