Established in 1319, Daitokuji was once a great centre of the arts, and much frequented by the great tea master Sen no Rikyu and the poet Ikkyu. These days the temple complex is often overlooked by tourists, and the grounds make for peaceful walking.
Of the Daitoku-ji sub temples, Daisen-in is the best known, with a superb karesansui dry landscape garden. Koto-in is also famous, particularly in the autumn, for its maple leaves. The temple’s long association with tea ceremony and gardening make it an excellent place to experience real Kyoto Zen Buddhism.