Daigo-ji Temple is a temple complex in Kyoto which is also a World Heritage Site
Daigo-ji Temple is located a 13-minute walk from subway Daigo Station. The temple is famous as a place to view cherry blossoms in spring. It was founded in 874 by a monk called Shobo on the top of Mt. Daigo. Daigo-ji Temple is especially famous for the cherry blossom viewing event the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi held at the sub-temple Sambo-in in 1598, in the last year of his life. This was an incredibly gorgeous event, with around 1,300 participants, and the women had to change their kimono twice during it – so they had to have three kimonos! And these kimonos had to be new.
The precincts of Daigo-ji Temple are vast, and there is a lot to see. The temple area is divided into three parts: Sanbo-in Temple, lower and upper Daigo. If you want to see all the temple buildings you need to be prepared for a day of hiking. The hike up the mountain should take about an hour and then an hour down the mountain, but if you want to look at the temples closer you need to prepare more time.