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Daigo-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Daigo-ji Temple

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Daigo-ji Temple, established in 874 by the priest Shobo (Rigen-Taishi), is one of the main temples of the Shingon school of Buddhism. The temple's name "Daigo (ultimate essence of milk)" refers to the five periods of Buddha's teaching which were often compared to the five forms of milk prepared in India, and "Daigo" is the highest form in Japanese.
The temple is expanded into a vast complex of buildings on Mt. Daigo-san. The temple grounds are divided into two levels, and they are called Shimo Daigo (lower level) and Kami Daigo (upper level). The buildings on the lower level were ravaged during the Onin War (1467–1477) with the exception of the five-story pagoda. This pagoda, built in 951, still stands and is the oldest of its kind in Japan. It is also the oldest existing building in Kyoto.
The dilapidated temple complex was then extensively restored by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and he held a great feast here in 1598. This Hideyoshi's feast, held just 6 months before his death, was called "Daigo-no-Hanami (Cherry-blossom-viewing at Daigo)". Today, a parade featuring this historical event called "Ho-taiko Hanami Gyoretsu" is held every year on the second Sunday in April.
Sanbo-in Temple was founded as a sub-temple of Daigo-ji Temple in 1115. Along with other buildings of Daigo-ji Temple, the sub-temple was also rebuilt by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598. Sanbo-in Temple features Kano paintings and a landscape garden. The garden, designed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself, is packed with about 800 stones. It is one of the finest examples showing the legendary fortuitous crane, tortoise and isle of eternal youth using stones and spring ponds of the type in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573 – 1603).
Daigo-ji Temple and Sanbo-in Temple were both registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994. The temple's treasure house called "Reiho-kan" holds over 100,000 items including national treasures and important cultural assets.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Garan (main complex), Sanbo-in sub-temple: 9:00 – 17:00 (March - November)
  • Garan (main complex), Sanbo-in sub-temple: 9:00 – 16:00 (December – February)
  • Reiho-kan (treasure house): 9:00 - 16:00 (January - February)
  • Reiho-kan (treasure house): 9:00 - 17:00 (March - November)

ClosedClosed

  • Garan (main complex), Sanbo-in sub-temple: No closing days
  • Reiho-kan (treasure house): December

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission for each area (Garan, Sanbo-in, and Reiho-kan): 600 yen (General, Adult); 300 yen (Student)
  • Ticket for 2 areas: 1,000 yen (General, Adult); 500 yen (Student)
  • Ticket for 3 areas: 1,500 yen (General, Adult); 750 yen (Student)
  • Admission Free (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from Daigo Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T03)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 22, Daigo Higashiojicho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-1325

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Edmund Edgar @edmundedgar - 2021-02-22
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Rob+Ann ✈☕ @TravelLatte - 2021-02-22
Going #leafpeeping last fall reminded us of this #Travel To Do: #Japan's stunning colors at Daigo-ji Temple:… https://t.co/KBGiw9AI5m
Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2021-02-16
10) In 900 Emperor Daigo (醍醐天皇) founded Kajū-ji (勧修寺). The temple's 'Himuro-ike' (氷室池 'Ice House Pond') is one on t… https://t.co/9eXFcrN4OW
Xcomp @xcompr - 2021-02-10
The Daigo Temple in Japan, Kyoto is hoping to launch a buddhist statue into orbit to pray for worldly peace.

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牛マン @cowb74901011 - 2021-02-01
DAIGO SPACE TEMPLE
super spicy knife @rockolla - 2021-01-29
i thought i saw a little patch of grey hair at daigo’s temple but it was just the lighting. IT EXISTS IN MY HEART i… https://t.co/K65jodxgRr
Quimz Renegado @thegiddychiq - 2020-12-11
Took these photos right before I was asked to refrain using my tripod. 😅
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Tsukamo @Tsukamo12 - 2020-11-14
Garden of Daigo temple at night in Kyoto in Japan https://t.co/3kWkUTmQAX
Tsukamo @Tsukamo12 - 2020-11-14
Garden of Daigo temple at night in Kyoto in Japan https://t.co/YECX1fSBgp
Camellia Tea Ceremony @camelliakyoto - 2020-11-11
Daigo-ji's (醍醐寺) name translates as the 'temple of ghee'🧈
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Octorden @octorden - 2020-11-11
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香車の香ちゃん @miocatmiomio - 2020-11-10
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ましゅー @MS_Higashinada - 2020-11-08
@mgraffin @ninja_padrino @ZemaVieira If you’ve not yet done so, I cannot recommend Daigo Temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto high… https://t.co/BgGz7SPH5X
Japan Travel @JapanTravel - 2020-10-08
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Rob+Ann ✈☕ @TravelLatte - 2020-10-08
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あしん ΦωΦ♈️✨✨ @A_Xin19950403 - 2020-10-07
@Mo_Daigo Music that appears during traditional Chinese New Year or temple fair celebrations to reward gods
あしん ΦωΦ♈️✨✨ @A_Xin19950403 - 2020-10-07
@Mo_Daigo Music that appears during traditional Chinese New Year or temple fair celebrations to reward gods
あしん ΦωΦ♈️✨✨ @A_Xin19950403 - 2020-10-07
@Mo_Daigo Music that appears during traditional Chinese New Year or temple fair celebrations to reward gods
Yovelie @189yvlie - 2020-09-28
@KamurochoKat Ryuji leaves ticklish kisses all over Daigo’s body.
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Ryan Ford @Ryan_Ford522 - 2020-09-09
Daigo Temple Moonlight https://t.co/PGIVDwMPch
☁️🔥🐉 R A Z 🐉🔥☁️ @Razorflame45 - 2020-08-13
Ryuji be like: my body ain’t a temple. It’s Osaka castle.

And people be like ?🤔

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榎本 和男 @enomotogantsu - 2020-07-25
Daisanji is a temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect in Onomichi, Hiroshima.

Daisanji Temple
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榎本 和男 @enomotogantsu - 2020-07-25
Saikokuji is the main temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect, which was founded in 729-749.

Saikokuji Temp… https://t.co/RuzeBHHtYa
榎本 巌津 @EnomotoKazuo3 - 2020-07-25
Saikokuji is the main temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect, which was founded in 729-749.

Saikokuji Temp… https://t.co/RuzeBHHtYa
榎本 巌津 @enomotogantsu - 2020-07-25
Daisanji is a temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect in Onomichi, Hiroshima.

Daisanji Temple
1-11-11 Nagae… https://t.co/wFGTmII8XR
榎本 巌津 @enomotogantsu - 2020-07-25
Saikokuji is the main temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon sect, which was founded in 729-749.

Saikokuji Temp… https://t.co/RuzeBHHtYa
*beautiful Japan* @JpnBeautiful - 2020-07-10
Daigo-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Its main devotion is Yakushi.
Daigo, literally 'ghee (a… https://t.co/HOgkI3TDBQ
Temple of Japan @JPNTemple - 2020-06-17
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