Founded in 874 by the Buddhist monk Shobo, Daigoji Temple is the head temple of the Shingon Sect Daigo School of Buddhism. At first, Daigoji Temple was developed as sacred place for shugenja, or practioners. Soon after it was patronized by the Emperor Daigo causing it to flourish. During medieval times it was devastated due to wars. However, Toyotomi Hideyoshi held cherry blossom viewing parties at Daigoji Temple. With this as a starting point, it has been thriving until now.
Ever since Toyotomi Hideyoshi held his extravagant Hanami, cherry blossom viewing parties, where more than 1,300 court ladies and others were invited, the temple has been well-known for its cherry blossoms.
More than a thousand trees of various kinds of cherry blossoms are planted at Daigoji Temple. The best time to see the cherry blossoms varies. For three weeks visitors can view various cherry blossoms in the surrounding areas.
Entering the main gate, you go through a line of many beautiful cherry blossom trees. You may feel like you are wrapped with cherry blossoms. On the way to the Niomon Gate, you can find a large cherry blossom tree named Obeni Shidare. Passing through the gate, you will reach the Benten Pond and the Benten Hall famous for autumnal leaves but also a beautiful place to view cherry blossom trees.
After that, you can find a five-story pagoda of which is a National Treasure. This is the best place to take photos because the wonderful contrast between cherry blossoms and the five-story pagoda is breathtaking. Please don’t miss it! During the cherry blossom viewing season areas surrounding the Daigoji temple is very crowed and nearby roads are terribly congested so I strongly recommend you take the subway.
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Address: 22 Daigohigashiojicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Access: 13 minute walk from Daigo Station
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March to the first Sunday of December)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (First Sunday of December to the end of February)
Admission Fee: 800 yen
Website: Daigoji Temple