Daiun-in Temple


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Though not usually open to the public, this temple can be identified by its unique tower that is said to be unlike any other pagoda in Japan. For a limited time period once a year, the Daiun-in Temple allows access to visitors, usually in the fall. The temple was built in 1587 to pray for the spirit of warlord Oda Nobunaga's eldest son, Oda Nobutada. As the Daiun-in is located in the famous Gion district of Kyoto, the tower, called Gion-kaku, is said to resemble a certain float that can be seen during the Gion festival.