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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Daikakuji Temple 大覚寺

A former imperial palace on the west side of town

Daikaku-ji, located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, was originally an Imperial villa, but was converted into a temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism in 876. A number of 16th century buildings were moved here from the Imperial Palace after a fire in the Edo period.

Don't Miss

  • The moon-viewing event held each year on the first weekend of September
  • The lovely garden, based upon Dongting Lake in China
  • A visit at the height of cherry blossom season

Quick Facts

Daikaku-ji was originally built for Emperor Saga, whose ban on the consumption of meat defined the Japanese diet for centuries

The temple hosted peace talks during the civil wars of the Nanboku-cho period

How to Get There

It can be accessible by train then on foot.

From temple is a fifteen minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama station or twenty minutes from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Line.

An important monzeki temple

Successive members of the Imperial family had occupied the position of the abbot of the temple, and as a consequence, the temple was also regarded as a residence of the Imperial family, known as the “Saga Imperial Palace.” The Shinden (palace for the emperors daily use) has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, and the entire temple grounds are also designated a national historic site.

The garden of the lake

The temple’s Osawa garden was designed in the Chinese architectural style known as chisen-shuyu, which indicates that the garden is meant to be viewed from a boat. The large lake beside the garden is Japan’s oldest artificial pond.

Calligraphy as ameans of enlightenment

Today, Daikaku-ji attracts many worshippers as a seminary for the study of the Han’nya-Shingyo, an important Buddhist sutra known in English as The Heart Sutra. The practice of sutra copying is called "Shakyo", and was introduced to the temple by Kobo Daishi as a means of gaining spiritual merit. One of the temple treasures is a copy of the sutra that is said to have been written by Emperor Saga himself.

The flowering spirit

The Saga school of flower arrangement has Daikaku-ji as its headquarters. The school maintains its historical traditions and status while incorporating modern sensibilities, and thus is increasing in popularity year by year. A flower festival is held at the temple every year.

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