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After Saga's death, a Buddhist temple complex was established at the site. Imperial princes were often appointed as abbot of the temple.
In the 14th century, the temple came to be associated with the Kameyama branch of the Imperial family.
- July 16, 1324 (Genkō 4, 22nd day of the 6th month):: Former-Emperor Go-Uda died at the temple.
- August 38, 1338 (Ryakuō 1, 13th day of the 7th month): Ashikaga forces burned the temple.
- 1626 (Kan'ei 3): Emperor Go-Mizunoo added an Edo period shinden.
- Richie, Donald. (1995). Daikaku-ji," The Temples of Kyoto, pp. 60-63.
- Young, David et al. (2005). The Art of the Japanese Garden, p. 72
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1966). Kyoto: the Old Capital of Japan (794-1869), p. 135.
- Ponsonby-Fane, p. 136; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 237.
- Richie, p. 62.
- Media related to Daikakuji at Wikimedia Commons
- Daikaku-ji website (Japanese)
- Japan-guide.com, Daikaku-ji
- Kyoto National Museum -- "Treasures of Daikaku-ji," including portrait of Go-Uda and the former-emperor's will