Daikakuji temple

Located in the Saga area of Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of the Shingon Daikaku-ji school of Buddhism. The temple’s principle object of worship is five figures of the great wisdom kings centering around Acala. The temple was founded by Emperor Saga. A former villa that belonged to Emperor Saga which was renovated into a temple, the grounds contain many imperial buildings that were moved here. The strikingly beautiful screen paintings in the Botan-no-Ma and Kobai-no-Ma rooms in the Shinden hall (an Important Cultural Property) were painted by Kano Sanraku. The temple is also located near Uzumasa, where many historical dramas are filmed, and the temple grounds themselves are also frequently used to shoot historical and other varieties of drama programs. As the birthplace of flower arrangement, the temple is also famous for being the head temple of the Saga Goryu school of flower arrangement.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaosawachou 4
9:00-17:00 (Reception until 16:30)
open everyday
*Some Sundays are not available due to temple events
[Worship fee] [Temple area] Adults 500yen, Elementary, junior high and high school students 300yen [Osawaike area] Adults 300yen, Elementary, junior high and high school students 100yen
Parking Lot
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Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 5, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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    4.0 Reviewed:2019.12.06
    Daikaku-ji Temple was initially an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian period. The huge temple with ornate doors surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake were targets for...
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    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.12
    If you hate crowds but love the architecture and grounds of Japanese temples, spend the morning of one Kyoto day here. This is not to be missed. As an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian...
  • Don’t miss this temple
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.09.25
    Don’t miss this temple. In our opinion it is by far the best and most breathtaking temple in Kyoto. The buildings and gardens are beautifully kept. We were there around 3.30 and it was surprisingly...

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