Kangetsu-no-yube, the moon-viewing party, is an annual event held in Daikaku-ji Temple where is well known as a flower temple since Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) was originated in this temple. Daikaku-ji Temple was established in 876 in Arashiyama area and it used to be a Rikyu (villa) of Saga emperor at the early Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. Since the premises in the site are really large, there are a lot of enjoyable spots, including a pond with a beautiful garden, a picture of dragon on the ceiling, and some traditional buildings that you can’t miss!

Watching the full moon rise over the horizon and climb steadily in to the sky while casting its reflection on the picturesque lake below is a beautiful sight to enjoy. Maybe you’ll even be inspired enough to write a poem like the nobles of old?

Source: Sharing Kyoto

Event Information


Event DateSeptember 13-15, 2019
General Admission: 09:00 – 17:00 (last entrance at 16:30)
No closing days
VenueDaikaku-ji Temple
AccessFrom Kyoto Station ⇒ Sanin Main Line Train towards Kameoka ⇒ Saga Arashiyama Station ⇒ 15 – 20 minutes walking
From Kyoto Station ⇒ Sanin Main Line Train towards Kameoka ⇒ Hanazono Station ⇒ City Bus Route 91 towards Daikaku-ji ⇒ Daikaku-ji Bus Stop ⇒ 2 minutes walking
From Arashiyama Station ⇒ City Bus Route 28 towards Daikaku-ji ⇒ Daikaku-ji Bus Stop ⇒ 2 minutes walking
AdmissionGeneral Admission: ¥500
Junior High School: ¥300
Primary School: ¥300
Websitehttp://www.daikakuji.or.jp/english/

*All event details are subject to change. We will keep you posted for any necessary changes.