Daigoji Temple

Sightseeing information about Daigoji Temple in Japan.


World Heritage: Daigoji Temple4.7

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Daigoji Temple has expansive ground spreading over an entire mountainside. The upper area has some buildings related to Shugendo, a folk religion that draws from both Buddhism and Shinto, and the lower area has main temple structures, a five-story pagoda and sprawling gardens with ponds. The broad approach is flanked with 1,000 cherry trees that make a gorgeous floral tunnel in spring.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified the country after wars in the late 16th century, rebuilt the whole temple buildings and held a cherry-blossom viewing party with 1,300 ladies of the nobility from all over Japan.

In autumn, foliage colors on the mountain slopes in daytime and light-up views of the temples at night are breath-taking. If you have enough time, it is recommended to take a stroll up to the summit (450m) for a couple of hours.

Purposeelderly,that you'll never forget,world heritage,family,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing
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5.0in the last week

This is a must-see stop on your vacation to Japan. It's a breathtaking venue with serene waterfalls and foliage surrounding a pond and bridge. Not to mention the temples and history. It's so picturesque. It's not super cheap but totally worth it. There are a few food venues available on site too.

5.0a week ago

It is a famous tourist spot with World Heritage Award. Might be it needs an entrance fee of 1,500 yen per person, so we don't see much people there. Anyway, the place is beautiful and deserved a visit.

5.0in the last week

Amazing temple!
The garden in Sanboinn is beautiful!
Not crowded , quiet peaceful place.
Red bridge and small temple in the main hall place is wonderful.
I highly recommend you!

4.02 weeks ago

Ambiguous place because of the price 1500 yen for person. You can buy only combination ticket even if you are only interested in one zone..Despite this..beautiful and meditation area with pond is brilliant for photos.

5.03 months ago

A good tourist site. The three tourist points seem to be the large pagoda, a small garden inside one of the temple buildings, and the artifacts stored in one of the facilities. To be truthful, the artifacts are just scrolls you cannot read(and no, not because you are a foreigner but because the Kanji are written in an ancient, cursive fashion...), but the pagoda and the garden are quite very pretty. I liked the garden really much and it was truly breathtaking as it rained heavily- imagine rain splashing over a beautifully constructed garden, bubbling its waters and soothing its trees! - but regrettably you are not allowed to take pictures of it and there are at least 3 staff workers on guard constantly. I am not one to challenge rules so I just gazed at the rain from the temple aisle for about 10 minutes.

Overall, the temple is totally worth a visit and the 800 yens' admission fee. Not just the three places but the intricate structure of the buildings, the tea room, the walk, the ponds... the 'artificial nature' surrounding each temple building and the Buddhas... everything is fascinating, yet somewhat subtly different from Buddhist temples of different cultures. Buddhist temples are one of the best reasons to visit the Far East, are they not?

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