In the 9C, a Buddhist monk built a rudimentary temple, Daigo-ji, at the summit of the Kamidaigo Mountain, close to a spring with magical properties. The temple continued to grow up until the 13C and went on to enjoy great spiritual influence. The five-storey pagoda, one of the oldest in Japan (10C) houses the first mandalas inspired by Tantric Buddhism. A 45min walk takes you to the upper temple of Kami Daigo, a beautiful example of Momoyama architecture. Round off your visit with a walk about the magnificent tea gardens.
Address:604 8571 Kyoto
Mar-Nov: 9am-5pm; rest of year: 9am-4pm
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