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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Daitokuji Temple North Kyoto

Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto.大徳寺

Daitokuji Temple is located on Kitaoji Dori in north Kyoto. From its inception in the 14th century, Daitokuji was a small monastery. Daitokuji was established by the monk Shuho Mocho.

However, in 1325, the monastery was converted into a facility for the imperial court. This set Daitokuji on the path to great prosperity.

Daitokuji temple has long been closely allied with Sen no Rikyu, the tea master born in Sakai, the port town just south of Osaka.

Rikyu was the tea master for the warlord Oda Nobunaga and later for his rival Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Today, the Daitokuji complex covers more than 50 acres and is perfect for a stroll or a slow bike ride.

Daitokuji Access

Daitokuji Temple
Daitokuji-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku
Tel: 075 491 0019

Daitokuji is a fifteen minute walk from Kitaoji Subway station (Karasuma Line). Or, you can take #205 or #206 bus from Kyoto Station and get off at Daitokuji-mae.

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