© Daitoku-ji

大徳寺納豆でも知られる大徳寺は、鎌倉時代末期の正和4(1315)年に開創された京都でも有数の規模を有する禅宗寺院。千利休をはじめとする多くの茶人とゆかりがありKnown for the Daitoku-ji Natto (fermented soybeans), Daitoku-ji is one of leading branches of the Japanese Zen Buddhist temple, which was established in Kyoto in 1345. WIth a close relationship with the world of Sado (Way of Tea) and many tea masters such as Sen no Rikyu, the temple greatly influenced to the Japanese culture.

In Hojo Garden, there is a rock garden that is designated as one of the scenic spot and historic site in the early Edo era. The rock garden in Ryogen-in and Zuhiho-in Garden (photo) is one of the representative work by Mirei Sugimori. At the site there are a number of valuable works of architecture, gardens and art crafts including national treasures and important cultural properties.

You will only be able to visit 4 temple buildings of Ryogen-in, Zuiho-in, Daisen-in and Koto-in among other sub-temples at Daitoku-ji. The main temple is not open to public, but you will have an opportunity to have the special honor to visit on Sunday in the beginning of every October.

Daitoku-ji is located in Nishijin, the old part of Kyoto. Also nice to visit a Warabimochi shop <Saraku, a hand-made Soba restaurant Kanei, Sasara Nishijin, a cafe that was converted from a Sento built about 80 years ago and an original Karakami shop Kamisoe.

Address: 53 Murasakino Daitokuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Tel: 075-491-0019

Translation: Mariko Takei






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