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A large walled temple complex, a visit to Daitoku-ji in northern Kyoto reveals ancient sub-temples and many traditional Zen gardens. The main Daitoku-ji temple sits on the eastern side of the grounds. This structure was built in 1319, although it was destroyed in a fire in the next century and rebuilt again in the 16th century. Also on the east side of the complex are the Butsuden Hall, Hatto Hall, Hojo Residence, and the famous Sanmon Gate featuring a statue of the tea-master, Sen no Rikyu.

There are many sub-temples within the complex, but only a few of these are open to the public on a regular basis, including Ryogen-in, Zuiho-in, Daisen-in, and Koto-in. Those particularly interested in Japanese gardens should not miss the beautiful Daisen-in rock gardens, which wrap around the temple building and date back to the beginning of the 16th century. Elsewhere, Koto-in was established in 1601 and features a garden considered to be a masterpiece in simplicity that is famous for its canopy of maple trees, which are particularly stunning in the fall.

There are a number ways to experience Kyoto’s ancient temples and traditional gardens, with various day trips from Osaka and Tokyo. One of the best ways to explore this side of Japan’s history and culture is on a Kyoto bike tour, where you can discover other religious shrines and temples in the area, such as Kinkakuji and the Kitano Tenmangu Temple.

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Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

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Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this half-day ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour. Take a 4.9-mile (8-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kimono Wearing & Daitokuji Zen Temple walking with Japanese lunch

Kimono Wearing & Daitokuji Zen Temple walking with Japanese lunch

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・Choose your favorite kimono and our staff will help you to wearing kimono ・Our professional kimono instructor will guide you about kimono history ・Visit Kinkakuji Temple with wearing kimono. it takes just 3minutes from our activity place and enjoy the take picture at kinkakuji temple ・After visit kinkakuji temple then take japanese lunch at Kinkaku where is famous local restaurant ・After lunch, you take off kimono and go to the Ryuanji-temple(Stone temple)
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  • 1 hour
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Japanese Flower Arrangement at Zen Temple, Daitokuji Temple

Japanese Flower Arrangement at Zen Temple, Daitokuji Temple

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that was once practiced by Samurai warriors. Discover this ancient tradition with a private class near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Golden Pavilion. No need to worry if you’re new to flower arranging—your instructor explains the history of the art, the basic principles, and guides you through techniques as you create your own flower masterpiece.
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  • 1 hour
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Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Traditional and historical Japanese gardens are best sites to see Japanese aesthetics. Both artistic landscape gardens with seasonal plants and dry landscape gardens at Zen temples help you get relaxed for meditation. Visiting various styled gardens and experiencing traditional Japanese spirits which are represented in plants, rocks, and total design. Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day private tour of the best Japanese gardens in Kyoto. Select gardens from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. In addition to gardens, you may also choose any famous site in Kyoto for a truly memorable experience! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
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Zen & Tea

Zen & Tea

Using the place used by the trainees who entered the Rinzai sect for training to enter the dojo Those who have visited Zen for 10 to 30 years at the temple where Steve Jombus also visited will introduce the greatness of Zazen and work. We will tell you about the charms of Daitokuji, Zazen, and work recommended by international businessmen.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tea Ceremony with wearing kimono in kyoto, Zen Temple Daitokuji

Private Tea Ceremony with wearing kimono in kyoto, Zen Temple Daitokuji

Perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony dressed in a ceremonial kimono during this cultural experience in Kyoto. Learn about the meaning of different kimono patterns and the history behind the tea ceremony from your guide, then watch the professional tea master prepare a cup of tea. Sip your tea and learn about Japanese manners during a tea ceremony, then enjoy the opportunity to try your hand at brewing your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Kimono wearing experience in kyoto

Kimono wearing experience in kyoto

・You can choose your preference kimono from all kinds ・We will help to wearing kimono and arrange Hair UP ・After wearing kimono, you can walk around for take picture at Kinkakuji-temple ・It takes just 3minutes from our activity to kinnkakuji-temple ・If you want to extend for wearing kimono, you should pay addiditional charge. ・Entrance fee ・Bottle water
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Kyoto Cooking & Rolled Sushi lesson for lunch, Dinner with Sake Tasting

Kyoto Cooking & Rolled Sushi lesson for lunch, Dinner with Sake Tasting

kyoto cooking experience with Sake Tasting near by Zen Temple, daitokuji  This program will give you a step-by-step guide to help you get started on your first experience of local Kyoto food culture during your trip. Not only will you learn about traditional Japanese cuisine—the tools, ingredients and its methods—you will learn about Japanese culture as well. Our special instructor will explain the 5 different dashi ingredients used in Japanese cuisine, how to make miso soup, Japanese egg rolls, Kyoto vegetable dishes, sushi rice, sushi rolls, and hot tofu. Before you enjoy the meal, all guests are welcome to try 5 kinds sake—traditional rice wine—and powdered, green tea ice cream. Vegan, vegetarian and halal menu options are also available.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Kyoto culture with the expert: Kimono, Zen, Sake (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Kyoto culture with the expert: Kimono, Zen, Sake (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

A relaxed bike ride (12km) and introduction to many aspects of Japan's history and culture, led by a former Zen monk with MA degree in Japanese Studies. Avoid the tourist crowds and immerse yourself in culture and history. Optional trekking or e-bikes in different sizes. Before the start you will get a lunch in our restaurant. After a short drive we visit the Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Tenno until 1868. It continues to the Nishijin Kimono Center, where kimonos have been produced for centuries. You will see a kimono show there. In Daitokuji Zen Temple you get an insight into Buddhism. Finally, drive to Shimogamo Shinto Shrine, World Heritage Site and Kyoto's oldest shrine. For the 1500 Yen surcharge, you can optionally visit a sake brewery and sample 5 sake varieties. After the tour there is the possibility to have a Japanese dinner in our restaurant. Japanese guests welcome.
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  • 6 hours
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What are Daitoku-ji Temple hours of operation?
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Daitoku-ji Temple hours of operation: Hours of sub-temples varies. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Daitoku-ji Temple tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Daitoku-ji Temple can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Daitoku-ji Temple 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Daitoku-ji Temple costs USD 39.89. Guided Daitoku-ji Temple tours start around USD 39.89 per person.
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