Daigo-ji proves that Kyoto is the best place to go when the red autumn colors start to scatter. However, the temple also symphonize to the changing beauty of seasons.
It is a Buddhist temple with a large complex situated at a mountain base.
It is hailed as one of the most beautiful temple in the world, and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and designated as National Treasure of Japan.
Within the temple area erects the five-story pagoda that was build on 951 and said to be the oldest building in Kyoto. It was one of the few buildings to survive the Onin War on the 15th century.
The Daigoji Complex is a vast place that holds several cultural treasure which consists of three main parts: Kami Daigo on the upper part, Shimo-daigo on the lower part, and Sanboin.
In Kami-Daigo area, you can see different buildings or halls that are dedicated to some noble locales. Now, the Kami-Daigo Area is prohibited due to disaster restorations.
At the Shimo Daigo area you will see Kondo, a national treasure built in 926 upon the request of Emperor Daigo. You will also stumble upon another national treasure, Goju-no-to, a five story pagoda which was constructed after Emperor Suzaku, the oldest son of Emperor Daigo.
The most popular spot among of the cultural sites is the Bentendo Hall, where the vermilion-laquered hall and the bridge blend on the vivid red maple and ginkgo trees that surrounds during autumn season.
The Sanboin Temple, on the other hand, is build by Shokaku, the 14th archbishop of Daigoji Temple, on 1115. It has charming gardens and the preserved interior of the temple is considered as cultural assets.
Daigoji Temple is located a 15 minute walk or short bus ride (200 yen, every 30 minutes) from Daigo Station along the Tozai Subway Line.
From Kyoto Station, take a JR train to Yamashina Station (5 minutes, 190 yen) and transfer to the Tozai Subway Line (8 minutes, 260 yen). Alternatively, take Keihan Bus number 22 or 22A from Yamashina Station to Daigoji (20 minutes, 220 yen, departures every 20 minutes).
Keihan Bus also operates direct buses called "Yamashina Express" between Kyoto Station (in front of Hotel Keihan) and Daigoji. The one way trip takes 30 minutes and costs 300 yen. Buses depart every 30-50 minutes.
Entrance Fee Rates:
600 yen :Buildings (Kondo, five-story tower, etc.)
600 yen :Reiho-kan (Treasury Hall)
1500 yen: all of 3 sites
There are also discounts for groups and students.
The site is open daily, from 9:00-17:00.
Throughout the year, there are different ceremonies and festivals that you can witness. Please refer to their website, www.daigoji.or.jp.
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