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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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Feeling more serenity at this less crowded temple

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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1 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

This temple complex north of the Nijo-jo (castle) is my personal highlight in Kyoto. It's a Zen Temple compex and you notice that in that everyone is calm there. Everything breathes peace and quiet. Many temples have beautiful gardens and there's enough room to enjoy. Get some rest and enjoy the silence.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

The complex is easy to find, we bused then walked to it. There are many different temples in the complex all with their own fee to get in, so you could pay many different times during a day of wandering. Ask if any combo tickets are available that day. The gardens are beautiful and it is very pleasant walking. It... More 

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Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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