Daigo-ji Temple(醍醐寺)
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Daigo-ji Temple(醍醐寺)

1. Location-Access

This temple is located at the foot and top of Mt. Daigo, Rakuto area to the east of Kyoto.
It takes 40 minutes from Kyoto station to Daigo by subway, and ten minutes walking.

2. Who was built this temple?

1) Daigo-ji temple has two groups, on the mountain and the flat land
The construction of the former began in 874, and the letter in 904.

On the Mountain  上醍醐

2) In 874, Seiho who was a great religion leader and the disciple of Kukai, was enshrined two dieties with name of Juntei Kannon and Nyoirin Kannon respectively.
3) After that, this was developed in the village deep in the mountains as the hallow ground of holy man, supported by three Emperors of Daigo, Suzaku and Murakami.
4) At the top of Daigo mountain, Yakushi-do and Godai-do were constructed in 904.
After it became enshrined temple of Emperor Godaigo.

On the Flat land  下醍醐

5) The great cathedral ceiling of the lower Daigo was created after five-storied pagota established in 951.
6) After that, the Buddha hall was destroyed due to the five-storied arising from the series
war such as Onin-no-ran War.
The Pagota only remain as it was at the establishing time now.
7) By the taking the opportunity to go the cherry blossom-viewing picnics, Hideyoshi transferred the current golden hall from Mangan-ji Temple at the KishuYuasa and the current Daigo-ji Temple was formed after the cathedral ceiling was reconstructed in 1598.

3. What is this temple famous for ?

1) Sakura in Spring (national treasure)  春の桜

There are 1000 cheery trees and many types so you can enjoy blossoms procession is held in every April. Toyo-taiko cherry blossom procession is held in every April.
We can enjoy all four seasons, not just Spring, Summer forest with greenery Autumn leaves and Snow scene in winter.

2) Sanbou-en  三宝園

Sanboin Garden was basically designed by Hidetoshi himself when the cherry blossom- viewing panty at Daigo was held. The Omote-shoin (main drawing rooms) of Sambo-in(residence) was enlarged and rebuilt during the reign of Totomi Hideyoshi.
Its garden, on Hideyoshi’s order,was built in the blend style of the Chisen-kaitu-shikiteien (garden with a path around a central pond) and the Kare-sansui(garden representing hils and streams without water.

4. What is highlight ?


1) 西大門  Saidaimon (Niou-zo:Important cultural property)

Saidaimon was built rebuilt by Hideyori Toyotomi from South gate to West gate.
2) 金堂 Kondo(main hall, National treasure)
The Kondo(main hall, national treasure) was transferred from Mangan-ji temple in the Kishu region in 1600. It evokes an atomophere of the end of Heian period.

3) 五重塔  Five storied pagota(National treasure)

Five storied pagota (national treasure) was built in 951, is in the oldest of buildings in Kyoto, whose construction years are known. It has a characteristic features of easoteric Buddhism where a mandara chart in painted on the wall of the first strory.

4) 観音堂  Kannon-do


5) 三宝院. Sanpo-in



1) 醍醐水  Daigo-sui


2) 清龍宮拝殿 Kiyotake hall of worship (National treasure)

Kiyotake hall of worship(national treasure), the tulelary shrined was restored in 1434.
It is a residential building finished in the style called the Kake-zukiri was restored in 1124.

3) 薬師堂 Yakushi-do

Yakushi-Buddha hall was restored in 1124. And it was built in no oratory style used at the beginning of Heian period.

4) 如意論堂  Nyoirin-do (Important cultural property)


5) 開山堂  Kaizan-do


6)世界遺産 Was made a World Heritage Site in 1994.