Mount Daimonji is a mountain with a giant Chinese character for big on it
Mount Daimonji is a popular hiking destination in Kyoto. The altitude at the top of the mountain is 466 meters. There are many places where you can enter the hiking trails near Ginkaku-ji Temple and Nanzen-ji temple, and most of the routes take around an hour to get to the top. The route that starts from the left side of Ginkaku-ji Temple is especially easy and safe to climb, even easy enough for children. The view from the top of the mountain is said to be one of the best in Kyoto, and it is sure to awe you. On top of the mountain you can see the Chinese character for big, 大. Every year in August the character is lit up in fire in an event called Gozan no Okuribi. Because you can walk on top of this character it is not only tourists who visit the mountain, but also locals. You should be able to see most of the places you have visited in Kyoto from the top of this mountain.