Daikaku-ji, located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, was founded by converting the site of an Imperial villa into a temple in 876. Successive members of the Imperial family had occupied the position of head of the temple, and as a consequence the temple was also regarded as a residence of the Imperial family and known as the "Saga Imperial Palace." The Shinden (palace for the emperors daily use) has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, and the entire temple grounds are also designated a national historic site. Today, Daikaku-ji attracts many worshippers as a seminary for study of the Han'nya-Shingyo, a Buddhist sutra. The Saga school of flower arrangement, handed down at Daikaku-ji over many centuries, maintains its historical traditions and status while incorporating modern sensibilities, and thus is increasing in popularity year by year.'
Address: 4 Saga-Osawa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 500 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Please check the website
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./JR Sagano Line/20-min. ride/Saga-Arashiyama Stn./15-min. walk