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Kenninji Temple

It's not too late! Kyoto's autumn foliage is at its best in early December.

The best time to see the autumn leaves in Kyoto has finally passed, but it is still not too late, even in early December! We have picked up some of the best places to see the autumn leaves this weekend from our "Autumn Foliage Special". Please visit them to see the last of this year's autumn foliage.

1.The last place in town to see the temple [Kenninji Temple]/Kenninji Temple

It is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and one of the Kyoto Gozan (five temples), founded in 1202 by Eisai, the founder of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. The temple grounds are lined with a north-south alignment of three gates, the Dharma Hall, and the Hojo (chief priest's residence). The front and middle gardens of the Hojo and the O, O, O, O, O, O, O, O, O, O, O, O, and O are beautiful gardens that evoke a sense of dryness and tranquility.

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple

  • Kenninji
  • 584 Komatsucho, Yamatooji-dori, Shijoshitaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui"
    7 minutes on foot from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
  • Tel.075-561-6363
  • Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (registration closes at 16:30) Admission: 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior high and high school students, 200 yen for elementary school students

2.Karesansui (dry landscape garden) and historic Buddhist statues will wash your mind [Rikao-in Temple] / Saga

The origin of the temple is a pagoda that was built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1379 to commemorate the founding of Hodan-ji Temple. Hodan-ji Temple was abolished during the Onin War, but Rikao-in Temple is believed to be the only one that survived.
The dry landscape garden with Arashiyama in the background, which can be seen from the reception hall rebuilt in the Meiji period, is a must-see. The interior of the reception hall is decorated with fusuma paintings with the theme of oak leaf veins completed in April 2020, which is also a must-see.

Rokuo-in Temple

Rokuo-in Temple

  • Rokuouin
  • 24 Sagakitahoricho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 6 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-1645
  • Visiting hours/9:00-17:00
    Admission fee/400 yen

3.[Admire the mystical atmosphere of the Tadasumo Forest at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine / Shimogamo

It is said to be one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, and there is a record of the repair of the shrine's tamagaki (stone wall) in 90 B.C.
The Tadasunomori forest, which stretches across the shrine grounds, is shrouded in a mysterious atmosphere, with maple trees and zelkova and other trees turning the forest red and yellow. The best time to view the leaves is relatively late, from early to mid-December, allowing visitors to enjoy the autumn colors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine

  • Shimogamo Shrine
  • 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 12 minutes walk from Keihan "Demachiyanagi Station"
    A short walk from the bus stop "Shimogamo Jinja-mae" and "Tadasunomori-mae"
  • Tel.075-781-0010
  • Hours of visitation: 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Entrance Fee/Free of Charge
    Special admission fee/"Oi-dono" firstfruits fee 500 yen per person, free for junior high school students and younger, 400 yen for groups (20 people or more)
    *Open hours for special visits are 10:00-16:00
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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