Daigo-ji Temple is a temple with the largest area in temples and shrines of Kyoto. There are a lot of buildings that have been designated a national treasure.
In 874, Rigen Daishi Shobo, a second generation disciple of Kukai, built Daigo-ji Temple on Kasatori-yama Mountain (located in Kyoto Prefecture).
There is the history more than 1, 100 years.
Daigo-ji Temple is placed on the World Heritage List as part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.
- World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
- About Daigo-ji Temple
- Kami Daigo and Shimo Daigo
- Highlights of Kami Daigo
- Highlights of Shimo Daigo
- Goshuin of Daigo-ji Temple
- How to get to Daigo-ji Temple
17 places of temples and shrines of Kyoto are designated in ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’.
↓Details of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” is here.↓
Daigo-ji (醍醐寺 Daigo-ji) is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Its main devotion (honzon) is Yakushi. Daigo, literally “ghee”, is used figuratively to mean “crème de la crème” and is a metaphor of the most profound part of Buddhist thoughts.
Daigo-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 874, Rigen-daishi (Shōbō) founded the temple.
After having fallen ill and abdicated in 930, Emperor Daigo entered Buddhist priesthood at this temple. As a monk, he took the Buddhist name Hō-kongō; and shortly thereafter, died at the age of 46. He was buried in the temple, which is why his posthumous name was Daigo.[
Daigo-ji Temple is divided into “Kami Daigo” and “Shimo Daigo”.
“Shimo Daigo” has the main building and highlight.
Kami Daigo is very hard to go because there is located in the top of the mountain.
If you want to see the famous sights, only “Shimo Daigo” is enough.
This garden is a wonderful Japanese garden which has been designated as a special scenic spot.
You must climb the very steep mountain path(about 2.5km) on foot from Shimo Daigo to Kami Daigo.
Please climb Kami Daigo if interested because there are two buildings of the national treasure.
But I say an important thing once again.
“It is very hard to climb!!”
Me? I climbed it… I was tired very much…
When you climb it, let’s take mobile clothes and water by all means!
I finally arrive at Kami Daigo when I continue climbing the mountain path endlessly about one hour.
The nearest station of Daigo-ji Temple is “Kyoto City Subway Daigo Station”.
■Daigo Station → Daigo-ji Temple
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Have a nice trip! XD
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