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Daikaku-ji temple

大覚寺
Area West
Category Temple

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Arashiyama is one of the most prominent popular touristic spots of Kyoto. Daikaku-ji temple is located at a place about a 30 minute walk from Togetsukyo bridge, the main area of Arashiyama. Daikaku-ji temple, originally called "Sagain", used to be the second home of the emperor at the time until it was remade into a Monzeki Jiin(Japanese Buddhist priests of aristocratic or imperial lineage) temple in 876.
It is an extremely elegant temple, with a lake called "Osawa no ike lake" spreading at the Eastern side of its precincts. Cherry blossom trees and maple trees, among others, grow naturally by the side of the lake, and visitors can enjoy here the beautiful scenery of the cherry blossoms in the spring and of the autumnal tints in the fall. This temple is also known as one of the three major places for admiring the moon in Japan, and it hosts a moon viewing event in mid-autumn.

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Being that the temple used to be the emperor's second home, one can still find the chrysanthemum crest everywhere.

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This corridor is called "Corridor of the Passing Rain", as the pillars are compared with a strong rain.

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"Osawa no ike lake", which spreads out at the Eastern side of the precincts. Its surroundings are a great place to have a walk on good weather days.

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Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms in the spring…

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and the autumnal tints in the fall.

Address 4 Sagaōsawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都府京都市右京区嵯峨大沢町4
Tel 075-871-0071
Open 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission Adult: 500 yen
Primary, junior high school, and high school students: 300 yen

■Osawa-no-ike pond
200yen(cooperation expenditure for maintaining the cultural property)
URL http://www.daikakuji.or.jp/en/index.html
Access 17 minutes walk from JR Saga-arashiyama Station
23 minutes walk from Keifuku Railway Arashiyama Station
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