In Fushimi-ku Kyoto, there is such remarkable attraction that compel lots of visitors every year to come here and make their vacations just memorable for the rest of life. The name of this attraction is “Daigo-ji” and it is beautiful Shingon Buddhist temple.
The devotion behind this Buddhist temple is Yakushi. The word “Daigo” is the symbolic representation of “crème de la crème” that is also used in the meanings of “Ghee” which is the essential element of Buddhist believes. History reveals that construction of Daigo-ji was brought about in era of early Heian when Rigen-daishi ordered to build this magnum opus in 874. When Rigen-daishi abdicated from his seat due to bad health in 930, Daigo became the ruler and he introduced Buddhist priesthood at this temple.
Being the priest, he chooses the Buddhist name Hō-kongō. However, these entire happenings became end with his death at the age of 46. Temple was selected as his last place and he was praised by giving thename of temple after his name i.e., Daigo-ji.
Among lots of honors associated with temple, one is that it contains 18 specially elected national reserves. These treasures comprise the buildings and other magnificent works. Lots of significant cultural assets are the part of Daigo-ji. Among all these assets, the worth of wall paintings can be assessed with this honor that these paintings have won the Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy in 1960 and now this temple is taken as the subject of academic research. The most beautiful esteem associated with this temple is that it has been included in World Heritage Sites as well as a part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto”.
There are three major parts of Daigo-ji i.e., Kami-Daigo or Upper Daigo, Sambō-in and Shimo-Daigo or Lower Daigo. The middle and lower portions of Daigo i.e., Sambō-in and Shimo-Daigo are located at the foot of the mountain and reachable without any difficulty. This is the reason that these are most visiting parts of Daigo-in. On the other hand, Kami-Daigo is situated at the top of the mountain and therefore, needs an exhausting hike and lots of time to reach there. Ultimately, this part has become less visited place.
Authorities have tried to make the route just easily accessible for the visitors by twisting the streets in the region of Sambō-in. These streets allow to visitors to travel along this temple with complete peace of mind. Nevertheless, the Shimo-Daigo, museum and Kami-Daigo need separate entrance. Moreover, the brilliant color of maple leaves magnetize the tourists and locals as well especially during the autumn season. Daigo no misasagi that is the mausoleum of Emperor Suzaku is also situated close to Daigo-ji.