Approaches of Daitoku-ji Temple, a compound of 23 sub-temples established during the period from 1338 to 1643 succeedingly, were surveyed to explore the meaning of difference and similarity found in their design composition. Public approach connecting sub-temples was articulated and classified by the type of wall design and pavement patterns. Inside approaches of sub-temples were classified by the length, bending forms and the area of temple. Overlaying the results, approaches of similar design composition were extracted. The meaning of the similarities was decoded by referring to the history of expansion of sub-temples.