Daikaku-ji temple was a 9th century detached palace of an emperor and was converted into a temple later. The oldest building of this temple probably dates back to 16th or 17th century. The big temple has excellent shoheki-ga, or fusuma-e paintings of which reproductions you can see in the buildings.
The large Osawa-no-ike pond is said to be the oldest garden pond in Japan and was used by emperors and nobles for boating. It was also a popular spot for viewing the moon.
Daikaku-ji is the head temple of Daikaku-ji sect of Shingon Buddhism. Shinden and Seishinden buildings of this temple are important cultural properties of Japan.
Daikaku-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Ukyo-ku, a western ward in the city of Kyoto, Japan. The main images are of the Five Wisdom Kings, centered on Fudo. It was a villa of Emperor Saga, and later, retired Emperor Go-Uda conducted his cloistered rule from here. A school of ikebana, the Saga Goryu, maintains its headquarters in the temple.