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“Winter Travels in Kyoto Promotion” Special Opening of the Honbo at Daitoku-ji Temple

Daitoku-ji Temple, located in the northern part of Kyoto, is one of Japan’ s biggest Zen temples and was established by Zen master, Shuho Myocho (Daito-Kokushi) in the 14th century. There are over 20 sub-temples within its expansive grounds. It has long been known as a temple for Zen training, and has produced many famous Zen priests such as Ikkyu Sojun and Soho Takuan. Although the original temple buildings were completely destroyed by fire in the 15th century, they were restored by the 17th century and have been preserved to this day. Daitoku-ji Honbo consists of the hojo (the Chief Abbot’ s residence), karamon (the gate) and kuri (the kitchen). The hojo and karamon still retain some traces of their original form from 400 years ago and are designated as national treasures. The hojo houses an important masterpiece by Tanyu Kano, one of the great masters of Japanese art. The painting brings beauty and grace to the residence. The garden, of the karesansui-style, is also glorious. Looking out at the karamon gate from the hojo, you might lose all sense of time, and find yourself travelling back to the 16th century.

Date & Time

Thursday, January 10 ~ Monday, March 18, 2019
10:00 ~ 16:00 (Last Admission)
*The temple will be closed on January 16 – January 18, January 21, February 1, February 21, March 1 and March 15
* Honbo, the residence of the head priest (designated a National Treasure), and its rock garden (designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty) are not regularly open to the public.


Daitoku-ji Temple Honbo
(Address: 53 Murasakino Daitokuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi)


From JR “Kyoto” Station: Take Kyoto City Bus No. 101, 205, 206 to “Daitokujimae” Bus Stop A 7-min. walk from bus stop or Kyoto City Bus No. 9 to “Kitaojihorikawa” Bus Stop B 10-min. walk from bus stop

From Keihan Railway “Sanjo” Station: Take Kyoto City Bus No. 37 to “Kitaojihorikawa” Bus Stop B 10-min. walk from bus stop

From Subway Karasuma Line “Kita-Oji” Station: Take Kyoto City Bus 1, 101, 102, 204, 205, or 206 to “Daitokujimae” Bus Stop A 7-min. walk from bus stop


Entry Fee: 【Adult】600 yen【Children】300 yen


For inquiries, please call +81-(0)75-213-1717
(Kyoto City Tourism Association, open 10:00– 18:00)


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