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Aomomiji night illumination in Tofukuji temple 2021 東福寺の青もみじライトアップ英語で説明

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Introduction

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“We show our gratitude for all the medical workers fight against COVID-19.”

Tofkuji is one of the most famous place to admire autumn leaves in Kyoto. In 2021, it provides us with the first Aomomiji night illumination for the first time in its history. I’ll show you what’s going on there, 合掌

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

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  • Dates of 2021: June 4 ~August 9
  • Open hours 18:30~21:30(Entrance closed at 20:00)
  • Ticket: On the web(Japanese)(2,500 JPY), or at the entrance gate(2,800JPY)
  • The Zen garden will be closed after 25 July.
シカさん
シカさん

Remember! The entrance gate will be closed at 20:00!

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Places we can visit 拝観できる場所

We are to go along the route Tofukuji prepared. It is a one way route but not a strict one. In Tsuten Bashi bridge (通天橋) and Sengyokukan (洗玉澗) area and Hobo Teien garden, we can admire extraordinary Aomomji (Green Maple leaves).

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I’m sure you are familiar with this view. The bridge in the photo is Tsuten Bashi bridge and I shoot it on the Gaunkyo bridge(臥雲橋).

Tsuten Bashi bridge is over Sengyokukan vally and located in the area of Tofukuji. On the other hand, Gaunkyo bridge is located outside of the area of it.

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Usually, we go to Tofukuji by way of the bridge from the JR/Keihan Tofukuji station admiring a good view of Sengyokukan and Tsuten Bashi bridge.

During the night illumination, the bridge is covered with tarp as you see in the photo for the purpose of preventing people from gathering there.

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The entrance is Nikkamon gate. In front of the main hall there is a reception. A special device take your temperature and a staff sprays some hand sanitizer on your hands.

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After these, you can have a brochure and a piece of Aomomiji Monaka.

We walk around Sengyokukan vally, admire Aizendo and enter the Zen gardens by way of Tsuten Bashi bridge. Then, we admire the main hall and Sanmon bridge.

たけちよ
たけちよ

Now let us get down to business, BAAH!!!

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Sengyokukan Vally 洗玉澗

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Sengyokukan is a valley lies under Gaunkyo and Tsutenbashi bridge and one of the most famous places to admire autumn leaves and, of course, Aomimiji thouth it used to be filled with Sakura.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

In the 14th century, a monk named Mincho (明兆) of Tofukuji painted extraordinary Nehanzu (涅槃図). Nehanzu is a picture shows us a moment in which Gautama Buddha’s death.

Ashikaga Yoshimochi, the 3rd Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate, highly acclaimed it.

He wanted to give him reward and asked Mincho, “What do you want?”

He replied, “Cut off all the Sakure trees. I want them to be cut because lots of people gather around them in Spring. They are very noisy and annoy monks.”

Yoshimochi made his wish came true.

シカさん
シカさん

Yoshimochi is a son of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who founded Kinkakuji temple.

にゃんこ先生

I’m in the Nehanzu he painted, ニャー(In Nehanzu, people and animals cry around Gautama Buddha. Usually, we cannot find cat in Nehanzu.)

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On June 13, Ajisai (紫陽花), or hydrangea, were in full bloom

シカさん
シカさん

Sengyokukan in night is such a beautiful place to see. If Kyo no Tanabata were canceled, it would be the best place to visit instead.

It reminds me of Polly Brown’s So Much in Love.

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アフロさん
アフロさん

Enjoy Sengyokukan in fall.

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Aizen doh hall 愛染堂

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Aizen Myo Oh, a Deity who brings us LOVE,  is enshrined there. 。

たけちよ
たけちよ

煩悩即菩提

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Tsuten Bashi bridge 通天橋

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Tsuten Bashi bridge is the most famous place in Tofukuji to admire Autumn leaves in Sengyokukan vally. In Aomomiji season, it gives us incredible views as it does in fall.

Tofukuji has 3 great bridges. Gaunkyo, Tsutenbashi, and Engetsukyo bridge. On Tsutenbashi, we can find Engetsukyo bridge illuminated on the opposite direction of Gaunkyo. Engetsukyo is a bridge to visit Ryoginan(龍吟庵) which has the oldest Hojo. Hojo is a place which monks live in. Engetsukyo and Ryoginan are illuminated thougth we cannot enter them.

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七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

The view from Tsutenbashi in fall.

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Honbo Teien gardens 本坊庭園

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アフロさん

Honbo Teien garden is open to us by July 25.

We cannot visit Honbo Teien gardens with shoes on. At the entrance, take your shoes off and put them in a plastic bag prepared for you.

Honbo Teien gardens called “Hasso no Niwa.” They describe 8 stories in the life of Gautama Buddha.

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The south garden is so-called Zen garden.

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The east garden is also a Zen garden. These 7 poles stand for the big dipper.

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In the west garden, well-trimmed Satsuki make check patterns.

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At Tsutendai located near the west garden, we can have a good view of Tsutenbashi and Sengyokukan.

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In the north garden, stones and mosses make check pattern.

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シカさん
シカさん

There is a Satsuki trimmed in heart-shape.

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The main hall 本堂

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The main hall was constructed in 1934 after the fire happened in 1881. It enshrines a statues of Gautama Buddha and those of his guardians. On the ceiling, there is a huge dragon painted.

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We can take photos of them though usually strictly phohibited.

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Sanmon gate 三門 (National Treasure)

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It is constructed by Ashikaga Yoshimochi as his donation. It is the oldest Sanmon gate of Zen temple. Sanmon means “the gate for enlightenment” and usually located in front of the main hall.

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About Tofukuji temple 東福寺基本情報

  • Name Enichi zan Tofukuji 慧日山東福寺
  • Address 15−778 Hocho, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city, 〒605-0981
  • Phone no. 075-561-0087
  • FAX 075-533-0621
  • Website Tofkuji official (in English)
  • Dates of the night illumination: June 4 ~August 9
  • Open hours for night illumination: 18:30~21:30(Enter before 20:00)
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How to get to Tofukuji? 東福寺へのアクセス

About 10 minutes walk from JR/Keihan Tofukuji station.

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