Daikaku-ji Temple

Daikaku-ji (大覚寺) is a quiet temple in northern Kyoto. Not many people come here compared to others in Kyoto, and while it won’t blow you away it is a great contrast to others.


Budget travel tips

  • Just behind Daikaku-ji Temple is the free Gosha-myojin Shrine (五社明神), which is shown above. Take a right before the entrance, then walk down until the corner and enter Osawa pond on the left. Walk around the large pond to enter Gosha-myojin Shrine.
  • Come here to escape the more crowded temples and shrines. Therefore a recommended stop-off between Ninna-ji Temple and Tenryu-ji Temple.

How to get there

Take the No.28 or 91 bus to Daikakuji.


Opening time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.