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As one of the six main temples of the Rinzai Zen school in Kyōto, Daitoku-ji located in the northwest of Kyōto. Similar to Myōshin-ji further to the west, Daitoku-ji could be said to form a “temple village” of some sort — although less picturesque compared to Nanzen-ji, Tōfuku-ji, and perhaps even Tenryū-ji.
Dozens of sub-temples are to be found on Daitoku-ji’s precincts, with only a small number opened to visitors permanently or on a regular basis. While Kōtō-in, Zuihō-in and Ryōgen-in are usually open year-round, Ōbai-in or Kōrin-in generally open for a few weeks in May/June and October/November. Other sub-temples open irregularly, some can be visited by participating in Zazen meditation, or by enjoying temple cuisine. However, most of the irregular openings remain no-photo, as is Ōbai-in during the high season. (Another temple open year-round but not mentioned here, Daisen-in, too, remains a strict no-photo policy, although in this case, the motives behind such can be questioned, as the gardens are generally only visible on small guided tours, and the tour guides there attempt to sell you everything from postcards to overpriced calligraphy. Business, I guess?)
As with Myōshin-ji, it can feel like time travelling simply walking the temple grounds, peeking into the main hall, and enjoy the seasons.

Nearby places of interest: Imamiya Shrine, Kinkaku-ji.

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Buddha at Daitoku-ji Temple.

Main Hall 本堂
Summer 夏
Autumn 秋
Winter 冬
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