Daigoji Temple is divided into two parts: the upper part of the temple and the flat area. The flat area is well-known Daigoji Temple. And the upper part is called Kami-Daigo, where the older complex of Daigoji Temple exists. This is the birthplace of Daigoji Temple since 874. Daigo water, which has been gushing since that time, quenches the thirst of visitors.
The trailhead up to Kami-Daigo begins at the Nyonin-do (Women’s Hall) at the foot of the mountain. The entrance fee is separate from that of Daigoji Temple. From here, a steep one-hour climb takes you to the upper part of the Daigoji Temple.
Kamino-Daigo is dotted with various halls, including Yakushido (National Treasure), Kiyotaki-gu Shrine (National Treasure), Kaizando (Important Cultural Property) and Nyoirindo (Important Cultural Property), which were rebuilt in 1606 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Godaido.
Model courses for visiting Kami-Daigo
You can spend one day visiting both Kami and Shimo Daigoji Temple complexes.