[Official Name] Daigo-ji temple
[Location] Daigo Higashi-oji-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi
[Origin] The beginning of the temple lies back to when Rigen Dashi built a temple on the Kami Daigo (upper part of the Daigo-yama mountain) from 859 to 877. By 926, the Shimo Daigo (lower part of the Daigo-yama mountain) was also opened up.
In the Sanpo-in, there are many rooms and studies, decorated with gorgeous fusuma and wall paintings of the Momoyama era. In April every year, an elegant procession with participants dressed in costumes of the 16th century takes place under the full blossoming cherry trees, according to the "Daigo no Hanami" which Toyotomi Hideyoshi used to hold.
The precinct is divided into the Shimo Daigo and Kami Daigo, and around a hundred temples, pagodas, and priest's living quarters stand, scattered. The existing buildings were mostly made after the Momoyama era, however, the five-storied pagoda in the Shimo Daigo, built in 951 sill remains, and is said to be Kyoto's oldest architecture. The Sanpo-in was the main temple of the Daigo-ji temple, and along with the garden Toyotomi Hideyoshi made, attest the Momoyama era very well.
This is the oldest pagoda in Kyoto, built in 951, and also is Kyoto's oldest wooden architecture. It expresses the transition period from the ancient times to the medieval ages. The size of the temple is the next to the Kyo-o-gokoku-ji temple, Kofuku-ji temple, and Hokan-ji temple.