Daigo-ji Temple Walking Tour

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Daigo-ji Temple Walking Tour is a 5.5 mile loop trail located near the city of Kyoto that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

5.5 miles 1794 feet Loop

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Daigo-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Daigo branch of the Shingon mission. It was built by a Buddhist monk named Shobo Rigen Daishi in 874. Daigo-ji temple is situated at Mt Kasatori (Mt Daigo), and the complex covers the mountain from top-to-bottom. The area, on the top of the mountain, is commonly known as Kami-Daigo (the upper part of Daigo), while the expanse at the foot of the mountain, is called Shimo-Daigo (the lower part of Daigo). With more than 1,000-years of history, Daigo-ji temple has retained an important position in the history of Buddhism in Japan. Many of it's artifacts, protected for a long period of time, have been designated as "National Treasures" and "Important Cultural Assets". In 1994, Daigo-ji temple was registered as a "World Cultural Heritage Site" by U.N.E.S.C.O. Many annual events, having a long history and tradition, are still held, including, in particular, the "Godai-Rikison Minno-e Festival", held each February. This is a contest where participants compete to see who can lift and hold huge amounts of Mochi (steam pounded rice). On the night of August 5th, Daigo-ji temple is surrounded by the lights of candles and paper-lanterns, which bless all life."Cherry Blossom" season (April/May) is also a popular time to be visiting Daigo-ji temple.

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