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Daigo-ji Temple, Kyoto

#29 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
See a historic place of worship at Daigo-ji Temple, a UNESCO-protected Shingon Buddhist temple. Founded in 874 CE, the temple's name translates as "ghee," used metaphorically here to conjure images of the "crème de la crème" of Buddhist thought. Admire the artistry and architecture of the temple's five-story pagoda, constructed in 951 CE, representing the oldest surviving building in the city and officially listed as one of the National Treasures of Japan. The temple has gained protection as part of a wider area of ancient monuments. Plan to see Daigo-ji Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip planner.
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  • It's been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided it's still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck.....  more »
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