Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Daitoku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

So it has been almost a year since I went to Japan, and one of the first places that I went to was Daitoku-ji which is in Kita-ku. Kita-ku was where I stayed at in a home so it was just a walk away! Daitoku-ji is a huge temple complex with more sub temples within its walls. It is part of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism and founded in 1319. It received a lot of damage during the Onin Wars but came back fine. It was also know for  mastery of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is a great place to just cut through on the way home or to spend some time and check out the smaller temples inside. Anyways, take a look!

I took this path quite a few times after I past Imamiya jinga... 

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This was one of my favorite temples that I have checked out there, Koto-in.

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There were quite a few street/temple kitties that would have cat food placed out for them. They were nice, especially the one on the right.

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There were usually signs in front of temples before you can enter them saying take your shoes off and place them in the cubicles before you go in.

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The grounds look fantastic.

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Some monks were walking around the grounds in formal wear.

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I loved all the little gems that are scattered throughout the complex. You just have to explore all around.

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I followed this little path that went around the sides of a temple. I bet I couldn't find it again if I tried.

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Love a bamboo fence like this!

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I am thinking that this is the main entrance to the temple since more people were pouring in from  this gate.

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Go if you can!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Nice pictures. I really like the warm photo filter in the pictures.

    I have yet to process mine, have been so busy with uni its not funny :(

    anyway great plce with many mini temples too, can be expensive but worthwhile if you have time in kytoto, highlight was when I got invited to a tea ceremony.. had absolutely no idea what to do lol but the lady thaught me was very polite... awww japan!

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