Daikakuji: Kyoto's Best Kept Secret

A secluded temple that will keep you amazed for hours

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

I didn't know what to expect when I visited Daikaku-ji Temple. It truly amazed me. The temple grounds stretch out wide, with all the buildings connected by a great (but well marked) maze of gorgeous wooden corridors. There are gardens to look at, bright red lacquered sections of walkway that are as smooth as silk, and off in the distance a pagoda and centuries-old man made lake filled with lotus. And beyond that, there is even a bamboo grove. The temple is also host to the Saga Goryū school of Ikebana, so there is really a lot to enjoy. I stayed for two hours, and left feeling excited and refreshed.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com