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Daitokuji Temple

  Apr 8th, 2012

Daitokuji Temple is located in the North part of Kyoto City near Kinkakuji and was founded in 1315. It covers a large area and operates over 20 sub-temples within it. It is a working Temple and you can practice Zazen training on the weekends after 5pm if you make a booking. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this on my visit.

Daitokuji 大徳寺

The buildings set around the pathways are great to see

One of the older traditional Temples

One of the older traditional Temples

Monk approaching as the shade starts to come over the pathway

Monk approaching as the shade starts to come over the pathway

Mossy area

Mossy area

The entranceways to the various smaller Temples each have their own style

The entranceways to the various smaller Temples each have their own style

The gardens are beautifully planned and kept well

The gardens are beautifully planned and kept well

Nice roofline hidden in the trees

Nice roofline hidden in the trees

Simple but elegant

Simple but elegant

Pathways stretch on and on as you stroll around the grounds

Pathways stretch on and on as you stroll around the grounds

Where does this door lead you to?

Where does this door lead you to?

A Buddhist monk approaches in the distance

Just keep on walking and enjoy the quiet

Very peaceful

Very peaceful

I feel like sitting down and reading a book here

I feel like sitting down and reading a book here

A lot of attention to detail in the rooflines

A lot of attention to detail in the rooflines

Walking the well kept paths

Walking the well kept paths

Entranceway and Temple roof

Entranceway and Temple roof

Nice grain in the wood here

Nice grain in the wood here

Looking inside one of the Temple grounds

Looking inside one of the Temple grounds

The mixture of wood and moss seem to have a story of their own

The mixture of wood and moss seem to have a story of their own

Venturing through the Mon

Venturing through the Mon

I should come back in the evening and see the shades cast by these lights

I should come back in the evening and see the shades cast by these lights

Follow the path to the tea house

Follow the path to the tea house

Simple but elegant styles

Simple but elegant styles

It was a bit early to see sakura, but these berries looked good

It was a bit early to see sakura, but these berries looked good

Restaurant this way

Restaurant this way

A touch of Spring

A touch of Spring

Time goes by

Time goes by

The pathway to Zen

The pathway to Zen

A very quiet area to walk around with great scenery

A very quiet area to walk around with great scenery

Relaxing in the gardens

Relaxing in the gardens

Map of the Daitokuji Temple area

Map of the Daitokuji Temple area

Leaving the Temple grounds. Back again soon

Leaving the Temple grounds. Back again soon

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