Traveling to Japan, this stop came to Kyoto, and we went to Arashiyama for a day. We rented a bicycle in Arashiyama and rode the car to travel to various attractions. The location of Daikaku Temple was a bit off. We went to Arashiyama Park. I plan to go to Dajue Temple, but I haven’t seen any signs along the way. I rely on navigation to lead the way and ask passers-by before I get to the destination. On the way, I pass residential areas, schools, community activity areas, etc., from the crowded tourist center The zone ran to a relatively remote place and almost gave up.
Dajue Temple is the Daben Mountain of the old Saga Imperial Palace. This attraction is divided into two parts. There is no charge for the gate of Dajue Temple. It is free to visit, but you need to pay for the worship. There should be a specified time. I will come. There was no worship activity on the day of arrival. Seeing that there has been a special person in the courtyard taking care of the beautification of the environment, the trees are carefully cut, and there is a cherry blossom trail outside the temple, with pink cherry blossoms blooming at both ends.
Going further in is the garden. In the early Heian period, this was the new room and the detached palace where Emperor Saga and Empress Tanlin were married. This is the predecessor of Daikaku-ji Temple. The lake in the garden is the oldest garden pond in Japan. There are also scenic spots in the garden, such as the Chendian Hall, the Imperial Shadow Hall, the Main Chamber, the Five Halls, the Lefeng Heart Sutra Hall, the Regent Gate, and the Heart Sutra Pagoda. There are many cherry blossom trees in the garden. Although they are not in a single piece, the cherry blossoms bloom very brilliantly. There are snow white and pink. Different kinds of cherry blossoms are blooming. It is a pity that it is an old cherry tree by the lake. I was knocked down by a typhoon last year, and I have not had time to move away. In the lake, there are mandarin ducks playing in the water, birds flying low, and few tourists. Because this garden requires a fee to enter, and the location is very remote, tourist groups do not come here, so it is very quiet.
In the Heian period, it was the imperial palace of Emperor Saga. In the 18th year of Sadakan (876) shortly after the Emperor’s death, the Emperor’s daughter changed it to a temple and named it Daikaku-ji
In the Kamakura period, several emperors were used to handling government affairs here, so later generations called this place the Saga Gosho.
However, it was burnt down during the Warring States Period, and then abandoned for a long time. Until the early Edo period, with the entrance of Emperor Uta to the temple, the temple was rebuilt and restored and formed the Daikaku Temple Order (Imperial Order).
The Chendian in the temple was built between 1673 and 1680 and is the most important cultural heritage
In addition, there are five halls as the main hall of the temple, the main hall, the imperial shadow hall, etc., all connected by corridors.
Daikaku Temple is located in the Arashiyama Scenic Area in Kyoto, Japan, but it is far from the Arashiyama Park in the center of the scenic area, so you need to take a bus to get there. Perhaps it is because it is a little far away from the central scenic spot, there is no tourist team here, and there are fewer Chinese tourists, so it is quiet and peaceful. Daikaku-ji Temple is the main courtyard of the Daikaku-ji School of Shingon Buddhism, and its official name is "Old Saga Imperial Palace Dabenshan Daikaku-ji". It was originally the imperial palace of Emperor Saga and the place where the Queen Saga married. In the 18th year of Sadakan (876 AD) shortly after the emperor’s death, the daughter of the emperor changed it to a temple and named it Daikaku-ji. In the later Kamakura period, several emperors used to deal with government affairs here, so later generations called it "Saga Gosho". Therefore, there are traces of the imperial family everywhere in the temple. And thirteen) are related to the royal family. In addition to enshrining Bodhisattvas, there are also white study rooms and black study rooms. These are the names only available in the court. The entire building complex of Dajue Temple is Tang-style. Although it has gone through more than 400 years of history, it is still carefully preserved. Moreover, there are long wind and rain corridors connecting the halls and halls, which are completely unaffected by the comings and goings. Weather influence. The white walls and black tiles of the Dajue Temple complex are antique in appearance. When I went there, I met the Lingbao Hall which was opened. I saw many royal cultural relics and articles in the Dajue Temple collection. They are well preserved and have both historical significance and artistic beauty. It was early October when the sun was shining, and the flowers and trees showed their most beautiful brilliance under the golden sunlight of early autumn. The garden of Daikaku Temple is a typical Japanese garden, but it does not conflict with Tang-style architecture. There is also a rippling lake, which is in harmony with the surrounding scenery, quiet and beautiful.
Has been standing for more than 1200 years makes Daikaku-ji Temple as one of few oldest temples in Kyoto. It is definitely a nice escaping temple that offers impressive few historic halls, as well as the serenity atmosphere. The official name of the temple is Old Saga Imperial Palace Daikaku-ji Temple, sure a suitable name once you entered, for it is one massive temple complex of buildings with splendid Japan ancient time architectural styles and strong old Japan imperial’s vibe. Each hall was built and dedicated to Japan’s culture and art, which positioning Daikaku-ji Temple as one prominent temple in Kyoto.
My favorite spot in Kyoto. It's peaceful, solemn, yet humble.
Well set out for visitors, you have to follow a route so no crowds you can take your time to take photos. Disliked the fact couldn''t find the vegetarian restaurant especially as it had been recommended to us
Daikaku-ji Temple is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It was originally the imperial palace of Emperor Suo, but was later converted into a temple. The temple is very elegant and elegant. Since it was originally a royal temple, there are many national treasures of art here. We went early, and the cherry blossoms had not fully bloomed, but this did not prevent us from experiencing the beauty of the temple. There are few tourists here, and the courtyards and cloisters are worth savoring. There are many small temples like Daikaku Temple in Kyoto. There are not many tourists and the scenery is beautiful. Don't miss it if you have time.
Preston_Dominguez:4 Sagaosawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8411, Kyoto Prefecture
Jeremy_Dodson:I recommended Tenryu-ji,Togetsukyo Bridge,Arashiyama Park,Jojakko-ji Temple,Okochi Sanso