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.
This pagoda in lower Daigo, completed in 951, is said to be the oldest wooden building in Kyoto, and it is the only original building in the temple area, the others having been burnt in the many fires that have raged on the mountain during the years. The pagoda is 38 meters tall, and has been designated as a National Treasure of Japan.
This temple is devoted to the protective deity of Fudo Myo-o. At irregular intervals, saito goma fire rituals are held at this temple in lower Daigo to pray for world peace. The fire and smoke of this ritual are quite awe-inspiring so consider yourself lucky if you get to see this ritual when you are on the mountain.
Visit Benten-do Hall
The Benten-do Hall is a small temple some way up the mountain but still in lower Daigo. The temple is dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess Benzaiten. Benten-do Hall is especially famous as a place to view autumn leaves, and in autumn when the vermilion temple and bridge reflect in the pond the scene is just divine.
Drink Daigo water
The founder of the temple, the monk Shobo, is said to have found this source of water with his spiritual power. The water here can be drunk even this day if you climb up the mountain to upper Daigo. This water is also sold bottled at the temple and it is said to be good for brewing coffee and tea.
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Daigo-ji Temple / 醍醐寺
|Category||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 601-1325|
|Directions||13-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Daigo Station.|
|Open Hours||・March 1 to the first Sunday of December: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enter by 4 p.m.) From the day after the first Sunday of December until the end of February: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (enter by 3:30 p.m.) ・Kami-Daigo ・Upper Daigo: March 1 to the first Sunday of December: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the day after the first Sunday of December until the end of February: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
【General Ticket 】 (Tickets for three areas: Sanbon-in (the garden and the temple) |Garan (Kon-do Hall, Five-story Pagoda, and others) | Reihokan museum) Adult: ￥800 / junior and high school students: ￥600 / elementary school students and under: free Groups: adult (20 persons or more): ￥700 / Children (20 persons or more): ￥500 【Term of Spring and Autumn tickets 】 (Spring: Mar. 20th - May 15th | Autumn: Oct. 15th - Dec. 10th) Adult: ￥1.500 / junior and high school students: ￥1,000 / elementary school students and under: free Groups: adult (20 persons or more): ￥1,300 / Children (20 persons or more): ￥800 【Kami-Daigo】 Adult: ￥600 / junior and high school students: ￥400 / elementary school students and under: free Groups: adult (20 persons or more): ￥500 / children (20 persons or more): ￥300
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
There are English brochures are available at the entrance. The area of the temple is really large, but their English website offers you a detailed map.
|Information||Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|