Stroll through temple of flowers in peaceful surroundings
Daikaku-ji Temple is well known as flower temple, ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) originated here. The temple was established in 876 in the Arashiyama area. and used to be a rikyu (villa) of Saga emperor in the early Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. Over 30 years after the emperor passed away, the rikyu was transferred to the temple. "Kyo Gosho Daikaku-ji Monzeki" is the official name of the temple belonging to the Shingon Buddhism sect founded by Kobo-Daishi Kukai. Since the premises of the temple are really large, there are a lot of enjoyable spots, including a pond with a beautiful garden, a picture of dragon on the ceiling, and some traditional buildings that you can’t miss! Although it is in a busy tourist spot, Arashiyama, inside the temple is very quiet, so you can enjoy being surrounded by nature!