Trip to Japan – Kyoto – 醍醐寺 (Daigoji)

Trip to Japan – Kyoto – 醍醐寺 (Daigoji)

I arrived early to 醍醐寺 (Daigoji) so that I could take pictures of the cherry blossoms before it got too crowded.
There are multiple roads lined with cherry trees. Temples open at 9 AM. Since I arrived before then, there were not many people yet. Later in the day, these roads were packed.
The 唐門 (Karamon) that is part of 三宝院 (Sanboin) Area. Later on, I paid for tickets to see the temple and garden beyond this gate.

理性院 (Rishoin Temple)

Since the main temples were not open yet, I went exploring. I found this small nearby called 理性院 (Rishoin).
A bunch of 地蔵 (jizou) statues with red bibs. From my research, I’ve learned that these small statues with red bibs are most often used to remember children who passed on before their parents.

長尾天満宮 (Nagaotenmangu Shrine)

I still had more time explore before 9. This is the start of the path to 長尾天満宮 (Nagaotenmangu Shrine).
Second sacred gate. It looks like they’ve been clearing trees to make more room for housing.
A literal translation is, “Left – Climbing Entrance.” I do my best to follow signs that I can actually read, so I proceeded to the left of the rail.
Shrine at the top of the stairs.
Not sure what this is used for but there were chairs set up.
…and its close-up.
Little shrine…
..and its close-up.
Up and beyond the little shrine is a path through the forest.
Eventually, the path clears…
…and you can look at the outskirts of Kyoto.

三宝院 (Sanboin)

Back to the main temples. It was ¥1500 for a ticket into the three areas of 醍醐寺 (Daigoji). The first area I visited was 三宝院 (Sanboin).
The main entrance, most of the interior it is forbidden to take pictures.
This picture was taken from the deck. Besides the beauty 唐門 (Karamon) gate, you can also see the carefully raked pebbles.
Most of the walls inside had old faded paintings on them. But near the end there were some newer paintings that I was allowed to take pictures of. This one is of Mt. Fuji.
A painting of a bamboo grove.

Temple Complex Area

This is a 仁王門 (Nionmon) gate. You can tell because it is guarded by two wooden warriors.
Other side of the 仁王門 (Nionmon) gate.
This is the path immediately after the 仁王門 (Nionmon) gate.
五重塔 (Gojuu-no-tou) was finished in 951 under Emporer Murakami in honor of his late father, Emporer Daigo.
金堂 (Kondou), the main hall of the temple.
Smaller shrine.
Another small shrine.
The inside of the smaller shrine.
Yet another shrine.
View of the red bridge from the deck of the shrine.
Another, closer picture of the red bridge.
Red shrine matches red bridge.
This is a bit past the red bridge and shrine.
Couple of little waterfalls in the area.

Museum Area

The museum has an impressive amount of Buddist statues of various deities. Most of the deities have four or more arms. One of them even had four legs. Since he was riding an ox, I didn’t immediately notice his extra legs. Some schoolgirls found his extra legs amusing and trying to imitate how he might walk on his own.

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