Daikakuji Temple


About Daikakuji Temple

Daikakuji Temple

Daikakuji Temple is Honzan of Shingonshu Daikakuji faction whose founder is Kobotaishi Kukai in Saga, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto-City. Formally referred to as Kyusagagosho Daikakujimonzeki, it is also called the Saga Imperial Palace. In the early Heian period, Emperor Saga erected a detached palace where is a new room of wedding with Empress Danrin, and this is Rikyusagain, the predecessor of Daikakuji Temple.

It is also a temple with deep involvement in the political history of Japan, such as Goudahouou did insei here.

It is near the Uzumasa where there are a lot of shooting places of the age play, the temple grounds (such as the Osawa pond and the Akechi gate) are often used for filming movies and television.

As for traffic access, you can reach the Daikakuji temple gate in about 15 minutes on foot when you go north from Keifuku Dentetsu Randen Saga station or JR Saga Arashiyama station.


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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada


Location 〒616-8411
4 Saga-Osawa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone 075-871-0071
Entrance fee Adults 500 yen, Elementary, Junior high and High school students 300 yen
Usual viewing season

Cherry blossom
Late March – mid-April

Red leaves
Late November – early December


Approximately 20 minutes on foot from Saga-Arashiyama Station

Approx. 35 min. walk from “Arashiyama” station

Approximately 25 minutes on foot from “Randen Saga Station”

Kyoto bus
Take routes 74, 81, 61, or 64 and get off at “Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikakuji Temple”.

City bus
Take route 28 and get off at “Daikakuji” stop.

Parking lot 30 private cars (500 yen for 2 hours)
10 buses (2,000 yen for 2 hours)
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Recommended places to visit in conjunction with

Seiryoji Temple

Seiryoji Temple

Seiryo temple is a Jodo temple in Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto. It is a 15-minute walk north of the Arashiyama Railway Arashiyama station. Seiryo temple is called Mt.Godai as honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple's name. It is also known by the name of Sagashakado, it is also known as the "Yuzu Nenbutsu Dojo".

Arashiyama park

Arashiyama park

From my house, I took the Kyoto municipal subway to Uzumasa Tenjingawa station, then I changed trains to Arashiyama railroad(common name:Randen) and arrived at Arashiyama station. It took long time. Arashiyama is very famous among foreigner tourist, and many of them are European people and Chinese people.