Daigo-ji Temple

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What is Daigo-ji Temple

In the year 874, Rishobogen-Daishi, the grandson of Kukai (The Grand Master who propagated the Buddhist teaching) found a Reisen(Miraculous hot spring) in the mountain and built a temple that enshrined Juteikannon Buddha and Nyoirinkannon Buddha.  This was the beginning of what later became Daigo-ji Temple.  In addition, the summit vicinity of that mountain came to be called Mt. Daigo.  The temple near the summit, deep in the mountain became the hallowed ground for monks leading an ascetic life.  The temple received devotion and asylum from three generations of Emperors, Emperor Daigo, Emperor Suzaku and Emperor Murakami and proceeded to build the Yakushido Hall, Godaido Hall and Kami-daigo (Upper Daigo) main temple buildings.  Later, the Shakado Hall, and Gojunoto Five-story Pagoda were constructed, completing Shimo-daigo (Lower Daigo), and around the year 950 the current configuration of the temple was completed.

Daigo-ji Temple had important presence as the center of the Shingonshu Onoryu sect, but they also spread their involvement into politics with political powers acting as the temple’s head priests.  But due to this, the construction of the main buildings moved forward and in the year 1115, Sanpoin Temple was constructed and the foundation for Daigo-ji Temple was established.

Daigo-ji Temple has many national treasures and important cultural assets and in 1994, it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".  National treasures of Daigo-ji Temple include:  Yakushido Hall and Seiryuguhaiden Hall of Kami-daigo, Kondo Hall of Shimo-daigo, Gojunoto Pagoda, Karamon Gate of Sanpoin Temple, Omoteshoin Temple, Mokuzoyakushi Nyoraioyobi Ryowakijizo Buddha, Kenponchakushoku Godaisonzo Picture and Kenponchakushoku Monjutokaizu Picture.  The over 100,000 temple treasures, including those designated as important cultural properties, are stored in the Reihokan Museum and are considered to be valuable items of Japanese Buddhist history and art history.


10 minute walk from Daigo Station on the subway.  Alternately, visitors can take the Keihan Bus to the Daigo Sanbo-in stop which is directly in front of Daigo-ji Temple.

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Description: Daigo-ji Temple

Sights Daigo-ji Temple (醍醐寺)
Address Kyoto, Fushimi-ku, DaigoHigashioji-cho 22
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-571-0002 / Fax: 075-571-0101
Duration 90Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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