Daitoku-ji is the biggest temple in the northern part of Kyoto. It is a temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. In its huge compound are 21 buildings which house a large number of cultural properties. Built in the 14th century, this temple was destroyed by fire during a time of internal strife, but was subsequently restored by the famous priest Ikkyu. The outer gate to Ryugen-in and the main hall are the oldest structures at Daitoku-ji, and are also designated by the national government as Important Cultural Properties. Zuiho-in, established by a Christian daimyo, is noted for the cross made from seven stones that extend across its Karesansui (a garden wherein nature is expressed with just stone and sand). The large triple temple gate, which is an Important Cultural Property, was built through the aid of the tea master Sen-no-Rikyu.
Address: 53 Murasakino-Daitokuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/50-min. ride/Daitokuji-mae Stop/5-min. walk