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Daikakuji Osawa Pond in autumn

A temple of flowers and heart sutras that conveys the refined beauty of dynastic culture in Saga [Daikakuji]

The official name is Former Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikaku-ji, the head temple of the Daikaku-ji School of Shingon Buddhism, which is also called Saga Gosho. Emperor Saga enshrined the Heart Sutra, which was cleanly written, as an imperial order that can only be opened once every 60 years.
Known as the flower temple where ikebana originated, Daikakuji Saga chrysanthemums are grown independently to a height of 2 meters so that they can be viewed from the palace. At the Saga Chrysanthemum Exhibition held every November, you can enjoy elegant viewing of chrysanthemums together with the natural scenery of Saga colored with autumn leaves.

Saga chrysanthemum

In addition, the vermilion-lacquered Shinkyo Treasure Pagoda and the surrounding maple trees reflecting on the surface of Hojo Pond, and the maple trees reflecting on the surface of Osawa Pond, which is known as one of Japan's three most beautiful moon viewing spots, are also attractive. can meet.

Daikakuji Osawa Pond

Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
    Autumn Special Viewing "Autumn Masterpiece Exhibition: Rare Treasures from Daikakuji Temple - Eternal History, Inherited Thoughts -" (Japanese only)
    Period of visitation / October 13, 2023 (Fri.) - December 4, 2023 (Mon.)
    Visiting hours/9:00-17:00 (Last entry/16:30)
    Admission/ Adults 800 yen, Junior high and high school students 600 yen *Including admission fee to the hall area.
    Oosawaike Pond Light-up
    Period of visitation / November 17 (Friday) to December 3 (Sunday), 2023
    Opening hours: 17:30 - 20:30 (reception closes at 20:00) *Day and night shifts are available.
    Admission/ Adults 900 yen, Elementary, Junior high and High school students 500 yen *With novelty gift *Daytime visitors also need to pay a separate admission fee.

Daikakuji Temple

  • Daikakuji
  • 4 Saga Osawacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from Daikakuji bus stop
    20-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-871-0071
  • 30 parking lots (500 yen for 2 hours)
  • https://www.daikakuji.or.jp/

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours/9:00-17:00 (Last entry/16:30)
    Entrance fee/Temple area: Adults 500 yen, Elementary, junior high and high school students 300 yen
    Osawaike area Adults 300 yen, elementary, middle and high school students 100 yen
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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