Not just a temple – a world of temples. Daitoku-ji Temple is home to some of my favorite Zen gardens in Kyoto.
image © Damien Douxchamps
Daitoku-ji Temple confuses people because the eponymous (that’s right, I just used that word) Daitoku-ji Temple is only one of several temples within the walls of this incredible complex of Zen temples and subtemples. Surprisingly, the namesake temple is not the best of the lot here. I prefer other beauties like Koto-in, Zuiho-in and Daisen-in, all of which are open all year. And, if you’re lucky to be in Kyoto in the fall, don’t miss the spectacular Obai-in. For more details on this excellent temple, check out our in-depth Exploring Daitoku-ji page.
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Name in Japanese:
53 Murasakino-Daitokuji-cho, Kita-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
In front of Daitokuji-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 101 or 204 or 205 or 206 from Kitaoji Station, Karasuma subway line
Official site (English)
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