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醍醐寺 Daigoji Temple

  • World Heritages Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
  • Fushimi Area
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Fushimi Area
22 Daigo Higashiojicho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 601-1325, Japan
  • World Heritages
  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
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[1st Sunday from Mar to Dec]9:00-17:00, [Feb from The next day of Sunday first in Dec]9:00-16:00
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Date of post:2015/11/24

A temple inscribed on the World Heritage Site in Kyoto

  • Temple / Shrine

Too famous for cherry blossom banquet held by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598, who is sometimes regarded as the “Napoleon of Japan”

Located in the south of Kyoto, this is the headquarters of the Daigo branch of the Shingon mission in Japanese Buddhism.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who went up to the top rank of Samurai from a son of a poor farmer with his own wisdom, held a magnificent banquet here in 1598. It is recorded that almost all 1300 guests were women---his wife, concubines, wives of warlords, their maidens and so on. Many pictures remain telling the splendor of this banquet. 5 months later he passed away and Toyotomi’s glory declined.

There live no warlords and no concubines any longer, but the beauty of cherry blossom is still alive. In spring, cherry-tree-planted-narrow streets are filled with visitors and tea ceremonies are held at many places in this temple compound. Here is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

Other than cherry blossom viewing, this temple has many important artifacts, customs and ceremonies nurtured by its 1000-year-old history.

What I like most is Sanboin. Its building as well as the garden is one of the best in Kyoto. Except cherry blossom viewing season (end of March~ mid-April) and colored leaves season (through November to early December) this place is not so crowded. As it has a lot of trees and buildings including 1100-year-old five story pagoda, you can enjoy walking around the compound. This temple has a mountain where other important buildings are scattered along the path. Every temple has its own history and events. It will take one hour to go up to the top of the mountain called Kamidaigo—upper Daigo, but you will feel solemn atmosphere by visiting every sub temples.

This temple is near Uji city and there are several temples and shrines famous for beautiful flowers, trees and gardens in the neighborhood. So, with the combination of these neighboring places you will be able to enjoy whole day without annoyance of everyday life.

In the vicinity, there is a temple called Kannon-do which is the 11th spot in the pilgrim route for visiting 33 Kannon bodhisattvas in Kansai area. If you see some persons or a group of people clad in white with square wooden sticks, they are pilgrims.

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