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醍醐寺 Daigoji Temple

  • Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
  • Fushimi Area
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Fushimi Area
22 Daigo Higashiojicho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 601-1325, Japan
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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 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto

  • Temple / Shrine

Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (powerful feudal lord, 1537-1598) who is sometimes referred to as the "Napoleon of Japan" held a cherry blossom banquet in 1598.

This is the headquarter of the Daigo branch of the Shingon mission in Japanese Buddhism which is located in the south of Kyoto.

Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, 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 of the 1300 guests were women - his wife, concubines, wives of warlords, their maidens and so on. Many remained pictures are telling the splendor of this banquet. 5 months later he passed away and TOYOTOMI’s glory declined.

There are no warlords or concubines any longer, but the beauty of the cherry blossoms is still alive. In the spring, rows of cherry blossom trees are filled with visitors and tea ceremonies are held at many places in this temple compound. This 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 years old history.

What I liked the most is Sanboin (a temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage site). Its building as well as the garden is one of the best in Kyoto. Except the cherry blossom viewing season (end of March to mid April) and the autumn foliage season (through November to early December) this place is not so crowded. As it has a lot of trees and buildings including a 1100 years old five storied 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 (meaning "upper Daigo" in Japanese), but you will feel a solemn atmosphere by visiting every sub temple.

This temple is located near Uji city and there are several temples and shrines famous for their beautiful flowers, trees and gardens in the neighborhood. So, with the combination of these places you will be able to enjoy a whole day forgetting about your daily life.

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

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