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Daikaku-ji, Kyoto

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One of the oldest temple complexes in Kyoto, Daikaku-ji consists of a variety of Buddhist shrines connected by elevated wooden walkways. Built on the grounds of a former imperial villa in the 800s, the temple has been the site of important political, religious, and cultural developments throughout its history. See the 1,200-year-old man-made pond, the oldest of its kind in Japan, which offers tranquility and raked gravel gardens. Once famous for its moon-viewing parties, which were atended by the royalty of the past, the temple now stages similar events for the general public during full moon. To visit Daikaku-ji and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .
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  • This former imperial palace is worth a visit. Walking through the covered walkways you will discover a host of halls and temples. Nice lake (with mosquitoes...). Watch out for bus timetables to get back to Kyoto.
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  • It is a temple often used for the stage of the period drama and the present age play such as television and the movie. I did a terakoya shakei (treasure issue and Kobo Daishi Shagu) at Dameiji temple. Time required: 15-30 minutes Dedication fee: 800 yen It is a sutra that is easy to experience even for children and overseas people. As an introduction to sutras, I also draw a buddhist painting. *In addition to pen pens, there were also ballpoint pens and pencils.
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