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Daitoku-ji Temple

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Address: 53 Murasakino Daitoku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
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The Daitoku-ji complex of Zen Buddhism consists of 24 temples,including...

The Daitoku-ji complex of Zen Buddhism consists of 24 temples,including Daisen-in and Ryogen-in.

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Pleasant, uncrowded, extensive--go there

This huge Buddhist temple grounds feels more like a walled monastery. Within its walls you'll find at least 7 temples, some dating back to the 800s. It sits in the northwest... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This huge Buddhist temple grounds feels more like a walled monastery. Within its walls you'll find at least 7 temples, some dating back to the 800s. It sits in the northwest section of Kyoto, not too far from east of the Golden Pavilion. We saw a few small groups of visitors and they have an interesting Japanese style restaurant within... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Many temples in kyoto, one of the nicer ones, with a nice white stone garden. Peaceful to see and enjoy. We liked it and can recomend, within the complex are several temples so depending if you have time you can go through all or just some, but do see the oubai-in

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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is a very large complex of temples. Some of them are open to the public and some are not. Its a very peaceful and tranquil place for wander without the usual Kyoto crowds, but difficult to decide which temples are appealing for a visit. As they are charged separately you could spend quite a lot of money quite quickly... More 

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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Since it's located a little away from tourist area of Kinkakuji temple, this temple is more serene and peaceful. You can feel the true heart of Zen here. A very good substitute to crowded Ryoanji temple since the compounds are quite similar.

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Firstly, you cannot see all the temples. Best to just chose one or two at the most. The grounds of the complex is beautiful. It is just wonderful to stroll along the paths and enjoy the quiet and beauty. There are huts to seat and have free tea. (We chose not to go to the more popular temples like: Golden... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

This huge temple complex did not offer much autumn foliage in color when we visited in November. We were primarily looking for koyo on this trip and not wanting to visit temples qua temples. Thus, we made a quick visit to this complex but didn’t stay long. The city bus was our way there and back - convenient as long... More 

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

This important Rinzai Zen temple is a collection of many sub temples, many of which played important roles in Japanese history (as homes for famous monks such as Ikkyu, poets, tea ceremony masters such as Sen-no Rikkyu, places of rest for leading daimyos such as Noba Nobunaga). This huge complex takes days to see; every temple is different, with its... More 

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Daitoku-ji is actually a collection of several subtemples: all within the same outer walls, but still having walls of their own. Many subtemples are not open to public. The most famous ones should be Daisen-in, Ryogen-in and Zuiho-in, all with truly beautiful karesansui type Zen gardens with stones and gravel. If you are looking for these (I was), Daitoku-ji should... More 

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

I visited here on a recent trip to Kyoto and was glad that I stopped. This temple area is not as highly rated in some guide books as others, but I would include it. It is not crowded ( a real plus) and has a very serene atmosphere. Admission to the complex is free and then there are several (I... More 

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

This walled set of many temples was easy to get to and I had high expectations of it after reading all the reviews. There was no paper map to direct you around so we had to take a pic to know where each individual temple was located. Even then we ended up paying at the wrong temple and having to... More 

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