DAIGOJI TEMPLE | KYOTO MAR 2017

Daigoji Temple (醍醐寺) is located at the southeast of central Kyoto on the entire mountainside that laid out in three parts: Sambō-in, Shimo-Daigo (Lower Daigo) and Kami-Daigo (Upper Daigo). Sambō-in and Shimo-Daigo are at the base of the mountain and Kami-Daigo is on top of the mountain via a hiking trail.

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In the area of Sambo-in
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In the area of Shimo-Daigo
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In the area of Kami-Daigo

Before that, here’s the main gate.

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It cost ¥800 (SGD$10.00) for adult and ¥600 (SGD$7.53) for children to access into all 3 areas (Sambouin, Garan <Shimo-Daigo> and Reihoukan museum). The combined admission ticket does not include Kami-Daigo. This has to be paid separately.

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The admission price will be increased almost double the normal price during certain seasons. They only accept cash.

Let’s go.

DAIGOJI-16 The streets around Sambo-in can be freely access without buying any admission ticket.

SANBOIN (三宝院)

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Daigenkan

After buying the admission tickets, it will first come across the Sanboin. It is a Buddhist temple in southern Kyoto together with its famous Japanese garden and once used as the residence of the successive archbishops of Daigoji Temple.

Photo-taking is not allowed inside except the view of the entire garden.

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This place is famous for its beautiful landscape garden.

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The garden is designed with a large pond, several paths and bridges and contain over 700 stones.

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There’s another small garden in the middle of the building.

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Right outside.DAIGOJI-27

Behind the temple. DAIGOJI-26

There’s a little pathway towards a small garden on the left (on top of the photo).

SHIMO-DAIGO (下醍醐)

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Nio Gate

After exit the Sambō-in area, a short walk further up will bring you to the Nio Gate.

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Walkthrough the gate will get into the temple grounds in the Shimo-Daigo (Lower Daigo) area.

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Kondo (The Golden Hall)

One of the main building in the Shimo-Daigo area is Kondo (The Golden Hall) which stores the temple’s main object of worship, a seated statue of the Yakushi Buddha.

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Further down, there’s a tall building called Goju-No-To.

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Goju-No-To

This five storied pagoda is 38 meter tall which is the oldest building in Kyoto.

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Daikodo

Furthermore, there are Honden (Seiryugu Main Hall), Soshi-Hall, Fudo Hall, Dai kodo, Nyonin Hall and Bentendo Hall.

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Bentendo Hall

Bentendo Hall is the most photographed building in Daigoji, which is next to a big pond at the very back of Shimo Daigo area.

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Further up, not far from Bentendo Hall, is the trailhead to the Kami-Daigo (上醍醐) (Upper Daigo). There are many more temples around the summit of the mountain. But unfortunately, we didn’t keep on going after this point.

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REIHOKAN MUSEUM (霊宝館)

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The last but not least to explore after walking out from the Shimo-Daigo area is the Reihokan Museum.

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It is an elegant treasure house which preserves and displays the temple’s large collection of historic documents and arts objects (including statue, paintings, carvings and craftwork).

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Some of this national treasures and cultural assets will be exhibited to the public during spring and autumn seasons.

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No photographs are allowed indoor.

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♥INFORMATION♥

WHEN

  • Date of Visiting: 14 Mar 17
  • Opening Hours for Sanboin / Shimo-Daigo / Reihokan Museum: 9:00am – 17:00pm (except from early Dec to Feb will be 9:00am – 16:00pm)
  • Opening Hours for Kami-Daigo: 9:00am – 16:00pm (except early Dec to Feb – 9:00am – 15:00pm) NOTE: EVERYBODY MUST RETURN TO THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN BY 17:00.
  • Duration Spent: 4 hrs

ADMISSION

Normal period:

  • Adult: ¥800 (SGD$10.00)
  • Children: ¥600 (SGD$7.53)
  • For combined tickets (Sambouin, Garan <Shimo-Daigo> and Reihoukan museum)

Special period: (20 Mar – 15 May & 15 Oct – 10 Dec)

  • Adult: ¥1500 (SGD$18.82)
  • Children: ¥1000 (SGD$12.55)
  • For combined tickets (Sambouin, Garan <Shimo-Daigo> and Reihoukan museum)

WHERE

  • Address: 22 Daigohigashiojicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325, Japan

ACCESS

  • Nearest Train Station: Daigo Station (Tozai line)
  • Transport fees: ¥450 (SGD$5.65)
  • Use Kyoto Station as a starting point for guidance.

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  1. From Kyoto Station.
  2. Go to JR Tokaido-Sanyo line.
  3. Look for platform 8-9.DAIGOJI-2
  4. Take the local train (not served by rapid train) which stated outside the train.
  5. Alight at JR Rokujizo Station (5th station from Kyoto Station).DAIGOJI-3
  6. Go out from JR line and change to Tozai line.
  7. Board at Rokujizo Station (Tozai line).DAIGOJI-7
  8. Alight at Daigo Station (Tozai line) (2nd station from Rokujizo Station).DAIGOJI-8
  9. Go to exit 2-3.DAIGOJI-9
  10. Follow the signboard.DAIGOJI-10
  11. Go to exit 2.DAIGOJI-11
  12. Turn left and you will see this mini signboard.DAIGOJI-12
  13. 8 mins walk to Daigoji Temple. Follow the signboard.DAIGOJI-13

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To know more about the overview of this Japan trip, you can check out our main post “OHAIYO JAPAN MAR 2017: Kyoto – Osaka – Nara (9D8N)”.

Ultimately, you can also check out the whole itinerary of our Kyoto post “{JAPAN} Kyoto Mar 2017 (5D)”.

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