Daigoji Temple (醍醐寺) is a temple complex located in the southeast of Kyoto city. It’s considered as one of the most important temples of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and it’s a designated world heritage site.
The temple is famous as where the feudal lords of Sengoku period, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, used to hold a Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party with over 1,000 people in the 16th century.
The temple site is divided into 3 areas, Kami Daigo (upper grounds), Shimo Daigo(lower grounds) and Sanboin. There are approx 1,000 cherry trees in total and various kinds of cherry blossoms can be spotted with the great historical buildings for about 3 weeks. Some of the most spectacular view of cherry blossoms in the temple includes a cherry blossom tunnel at the approach of the temple, weeping cherry trees in front of the pagoda and at Sanpoin gadren. But the most outstanding cherry tree in the temple would be the massive weepping cherry tree which stands on the grounds of the Reihokan Museum.
Access: 15 mins walk from Daigoji station (Tozai Subway Line) OR 30 mins by Yamashina Express bus from Kyoto station
Hours: 9:00~17:00 (~16:00 at Kami Daigo area)
Fee: 1500 yen for 3 areas or 600 yen for each
Best time to visit: late March to early April
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