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Daitoku-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Daitoku-ji Temple

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Daitoku-ji Temple was established in 1325 and is one of the biggest Zen temples in Kyoto. The temple was supported by many feudal lords, court nobles, and influential people of culture during the medieval and early modern ages, such as Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Sen-no-Rikyu. The precincts of the temple, which belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen, contain an extensive complex of 24 sub-temples and among 4 of these (Ryogen-in, Zuiho-in, Daisen-in, and Koto-in) are always open to the visitors.
Daitoku-ji is on the eastern side of the grounds. It was founded in 1319, burnt down in the next century, and rebuilt in the 16th century. The San-mon Gate contains an image of the famous tea master, Sen-no-Rikyu on the 2nd story. According to some historical sources, Toyotomi Hideyoshi was so enraged when he discovered he had been demeaning himself by walking under the Rikyu's image, that he forced the tea master to commit Seppuku (Harakiri) in 1591. The Hojo garden in Daitoku-ji is a dry landscape garden designed by Kobori Enshu in the 17th century. The east garden depicts the image of Buddha’s disciples practicing Zazen meditation. This garden is only open to people who join the Garden Tour operated daily.
Daisen-in was built in 1636 as a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji. Its dry landscape garden is famed as a masterpiece of gardening developed for Zen temples. When you open the sliding paper doors, you will see the garden creating a panoramic scene resembling the landscape paintings you can find on sliding partition doors or folding screens in traditional Japanese homes. It represents the mental state of a Zen Buddhist priest going through ascetic practices in a natural surrounding.
Koto-in located in the western part of the grounds is also a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji. The temple with superb Japanese gardens were founded by Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1601. The temple has tombs of the Hosokawa family, including that of Tadaoki himself and his wife Hosokawa Gracia.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:00 - 17:00 (March - November)
  • 9:00 - 16:30 (December - February)

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Varies according to the sub-temple

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from Kitaoji Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K04)
  • 35 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #206 bus . Get off at Daitokuji-mae Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 53, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231

TweetsTweets

🔥 thotpocket 🔥 @cryingminmo - 2019-03-13
i have DITHERED like a FOOL and flipflopped back and forth about daitoku escaping the temple on his own but now its… https://t.co/CKj1eBUMpw
DONRIKOCZAE~KONTRELL @8DONKONTRELL - 2019-02-02
https://t.co/PckreoQDqG Sand garden .... no grass 10 @claudiajordan outta here for now 8 AUSTIN , TEXAS next stop LORD 10 HONOR
AbcdeFlat in Kyoto @AbcdeflatE - 2018-12-15
The fusuma paintings of the Shinju-an temple were converted newly after 400 years.

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Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2018-08-27
Photo of the Week: Walkway at Koto-in Subtemple at Daitoku-ji Temple

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Axis Planning Inc @axisPlanning - 2018-08-22
There are so many beautiful art work, Fusumae in temples in Kyoto. Daitoku-temple has some like this. https://t.co/NNT0gjOIvx
adrian georgescu @adi_georgescu - 2018-08-02
Gardens Near and Far ep. 8 - Daitoku-ji, Japan - A guided tour around one of the most gorgeous temple grounds of Ja… https://t.co/lhmAU1rPLX
Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2018-07-10
Photo of the Week: Garden at Zuihon-in Subtemple at Daitoku-ji Temple
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Antho Derv Davis🌈👬 @ozAntinnippon - 2018-05-24
@ichigoichielove @BeingKansai @squeekzoid My fave place in Kyoto is Daitoku-ji 大徳寺
A temple, yes, but virtually no… https://t.co/Gl1OTuNatk
Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2017-12-19
Photo of the Week: Ryogen-in at Daitoku-ji Temple

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Era Woodblock Prints @EraWoodblocks - 2017-10-18
Masao #Ido - A Japanese #Woodblock Print - Zuihoin Rock Garden, Kyoto (Part of #Daitoku-ji Temple).
Our full galler… https://t.co/UknBMdycqz
darllon.richard @darllonr - 2017-08-09
#Amazing #architecture of the #Daitoku-ji #temple!!! This temple is #famous for its #rock #garden. One of my favori… https://t.co/ndVKPx8Od9
Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2017-07-31
Photo of the Week: Tea room at Zuiho-in Subtemple at Daitoku-ji Temple

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darllon.richard @darllonr - 2017-07-24
The main #Zen #garden at #Daitoku-ji #temple is a great spot to #meditate. It is a #representation of the #universe… https://t.co/Ac8xMQecIl
darllon.richard @darllonr - 2017-07-20
Amazing #rock #garden at #Daitoku-ji #temple in #Kyoto!!! #Ideal #place for #meditation. 👘🐢⛰ #zen #travel #japan… https://t.co/8RUnY5KPCk
Daniel @djddeuces - 2017-03-18
📹 瑞峯院 - 大徳寺 / Zuihou-in Daitoku-ji Temple by Yuya Horikawa Via Flickr: I want to introduce to the... https://t.co/AJverPQHcQ
Temple of Japan @JPNTemple - 2017-01-25
Daitoku-ji:It was founded in 1325 AD. It is a temple of Zen Buddhism which has one of the largest in Kyoto. https://t.co/Bt5iX9k33k
Kamome @KamomeUK - 2017-01-22
How nice it was to see the smallest zen stone garden at Daitoku temple! https://t.co/SokVtBq3Zz
Temple of Japan @JPNTemple - 2017-01-11
Daitoku-ji:It was founded in 1325 AD. It is a temple of Zen Buddhism which has one of the largest in Kyoto. https://t.co/Bt5iX9k33k
Chad Kohalyk @chadkoh - 2016-12-30
Spent the afternoon at one of the most important temple complexes in Kyoto: Daitoku-ji. Some pix with explanations https://t.co/yiwhBde1X7
Temple of Japan @JPNTemple - 2016-12-20
Daitoku-ji:It was founded in 1325 AD. It is a temple of Zen Buddhism which has one of the largest in Kyoto. https://t.co/Bt5iX9k33k
Seth Cohen @coh_seth - 2016-11-20
the temple is the head temple of the Daitoku-ji branch of the Rinzai sect of Japanese Buddhism and the only great t… https://t.co/myXLcEE1Ay
Sharon Kay Schladow @UCtraveladvisor - 2016-11-08
Wonderful Tea house and Stone Garden within Daitoku-ji temple complex . https://t.co/Uo6FJPXmve
Dave Phillips @lovefutebol - 2016-10-30
Would appreciate RTs. Y'day i went to a temple (Soken-in, Daitoku-ji, Kyoto) where a major historical figure is buried (Oda Nobunaga).
rumim_en @rumim_en - 2016-10-25
I went to Daitoku-ji since it has a special exhibition now. This temple is known for having a lot of old mat tea ceremony rooms.
Tim Prebble @timprebble - 2016-10-21
very peaceful ambience recording in Daitoku-ji, Kyoto.... was in Koto-in temple when small earthquake rattled walls...
Tim Prebble @timprebble - 2016-10-21
very peaceful ambience recording in Daitoku-ji, Kyoto.... was in Koto-in temple when small earthquake rattled walls… https://t.co/NHV8SfuTjI
林 信孝 @JtHayashi - 2016-10-16
Daitoku-ji, KOTO-IN Temple

Colored leaves are very clean temples in the season of autumn

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Daniel Sofer @hermosawave - 2016-09-28
Hermosawave Picture of the Day: Daitoku-Ji Temple https://t.co/dHKWqFZfNR #fb
Temple of Japan @JPNTemple - 2016-09-19
Daitoku-ji:It was founded in 1325 AD. It is a temple of Zen Buddhism which has one of the largest in Kyoto. https://t.co/Bt5iX9k33k
Welcome Kansai @welcomekansai - 2016-09-15
#Kyoto in autumn - #Daitoku Temple https://t.co/VOPUMuDUwO

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