In 1315, in the end of Kamakura Era, a Monseigneur founded a little temple and this is the origin of Daitoku-ji Temple. It was supported by some emperors such as Emperor Godaigo and was ranked as one of “Five Temples in Kyoto”, high prestige of Zen temple was enacted by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1392. However, it was excluded from them by a new government after a revolution. It was ruined during in 1467-1477 and Ikkyu-Soujun, who is known as a very wise Monseigneur at the time, revived it with merchants. In Momoyama Era, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the strongest general at that time, founded Souken-in in Daitoku-ji Temple as one of sub-temple in order to hold a memorial service for Oda Nobunaga, who was his master. Then many generals constructed sub-temples. It is composed of the main temple and 23 sub-temples. You can enjoy sub-temples to see the beautiful perspectives through four seasons – cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in summer, red and yellow leaves in autumn and snow in winter.