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World Heritage / Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Criteria: (ii) (iv) | Date of Inscription: 1994 | Location: Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures | Justification for Inscription


Things to see


Five Storied Pagoda
Five Storied Pagoda
Daigo-ji is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. The blossoms here start blooming from around the end of March. Their overwhelming beauty surrounds the temple at this time and in April a Taiko Cherry-Blossom Viewing Procession, a modern day reenactment of the Daigo Cherry-blossom Viewing Party held by Toyotomi Hideyoshi is held and never fails to impress. Visitors to the temple should not miss the five storied pagoda (a national treasure) and the Sambo-in garden with its special scenic beauty and historical remains.

Daigo-ji temple started off as a temple built in 874AD by the priest Rigen Shobo on the hilltop at Kami (Upper)-Daigo. In 907AD the Emperor Daigo built the Yakushi-do (Hall of Yakushi) and later, Daigo-ji, being protected by its imperial connections, came to hold a significant position as the central temple of the Ono sect of Shingon Buddhism.
Closely associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi too, Daigo-ji is very famous for being the place Hideyoshi hosted his 1598 Cherry-Blossom Viewing Party and in these huge grounds visitors are recommended to see, at the very least, the five storied pagoda and Sambo-in as well as the hundreds of thousands of treasures housed in the Reiho-kan (treasure hall); open to the public but twice a year - in spring and autumn.
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