The Tajima area, located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture, is home to famous hot spring resorts like Kinosaki Onsen and Yumura Onsen, as well as beautiful natural sights of the ocean and mountains. It’s easily reached by rental car or train from Kobe City (or Himeji City, where Himeji Castle is located), the heart of Hyogo Prefecture. This time I’ll be introducing the historic Daijo-ji Temple, where you can enjoy an authentic Japanese cultural experience! I highly recommend this visit for women!

Daijo-ji Temple has a long history and was founded around the year 1300. This historical temple is home to 165 Important Cultural Assets of Japan, such as fusuma-e (paintings on fusuma, the sliding screens used to partition Japanese-style rooms) painted by prominent Edo period artists.

The garden in the front of the temple features an enormous camphor tree that is around 1200 years old – it’s so beautiful!
If you were to dress up in a kimono and take pictures here, I’m sure your friends would be impressed!

And guess what – you can do exactly that here at Daijo-ji Temple!
(Kimono-wearing experience costs 3,000 yen. Reservations must be made at least a day in advance.)

You can wear a beautiful kimono in the building, located in the yard, for about 30 minutes! Of course, the obi (belt) and zori (Japanese sandals) are authentic and match the kimono!

I took a ton of photos since there are so many great places to take them on the premises!

And here’s an extra tip for the ladies who want to take even more unusual pictures!
For an additional fee (an additional 5,000 yen on top of the kimono-wearing experience fee), you can wear a high-class kimono like those worn by Japanese princesses, and take pictures in special rooms that you typically can’t enter!

This is the type of picture you could get! It looks like a scene out of a historical drama! (^_^)

The golden fusuma in the background of the picture is a replica of one made by a famous Edo period painter, recreated using the latest digital technologies. It’s such a well-made replica that it’s garnered a lot of attention from the media, and even if you look at it up close it still looks authentic!

My poses and expressions started to look princess-like too!

There are many temples across Japan that offer kimono-wearing experiences, but this is the only one I know of that gets you both such an authentic kimono as well as such a beautiful setting. If you’re a fan of kimono, I highly recommend this!

Actually, I had planned to stop taking pictures after taking these photos for the kimono-wearing experience, but Yamasoba-san, who helped me get dressed in the kimono, said I could experience the tea ceremony too!
I had to do it!

There is a small building specifically for tea ceremonies on the temple grounds. You can get such amazing pictures if you do both the kimono experience and tea ceremony. (Tea ceremony experience costs 2,000 yen. Reservations must be made at least a day in advance.)

Would you like a cup?

Daijo-ji Temple offers premium experiences that you won’t find anywhere else!
The head and assistant priests were very friendly too, and I had a wonderful experience!

Address860 Kasumikumori, Mikatagun Kamicho, Hyogo
AccessTravel by rental car is recommended. Approximately 7 minutes by car from Kasumi Station.
Open9:00 am-4:00 pm (Last admission 3:40 pm)
ClosedNo scheduled holidays
AdmissionAdults 800 yen, elementary school students 500 yen

Please make your reservations for kimono-wearing and tea ceremony experiences at least a day in advance by email.

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Hyogo Prefecture is also Japan’s largest producer of sake! As such, many varieties of sake from the prefecture are choice sake brands, called “meishu,” that take great care to use high-quality ingredients and manufacturing methods. One of the most iconic brands is Kasumitsuru! The buildings where Kasumitsuru-brand sake was made long ago are still standing outside of the gate of Daijo-ji Temple. Be sure to take a look when you visit Daijo-ji Temple!

<Author's Introduction>
Coming from Ukraine, she can also use Japanese, English, French, and Russian. Making good use of her linguistic abilities, she has traveled to over 40 countries so far. As a navigator on this site, she shares the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.