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25 night illumination spots of Autumn leaves in Kyoto 2023

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#10 Seiryu-den and Shogun-zuka hill  将軍塚青龍殿

The schedule of 2023

Not yet announced

Overview

Seiryu-den and Shogun-zuka hill are located at the top of a mountain. It is cold place and provides us with extraordinary clear colors.

The night illumination of Seiryu-den and Shogun-zuka hill

将軍塚の夜景

Near Shogun-zuka hill, there is a stage and we can have a good view of Kyoto city illuminated. Enjoy the setting sun there.

将軍塚の紅葉ライトアップ2017

将軍塚の紅葉ライトアップ2017

There is a small Zen garden. It is illuminated as dimly as that of Korin-in temple.

The glass tea house ガラスの茶室

青龍殿のガラスの茶室

There used be a glass tea house in Seiryuden. It was so popular that I show you it.

How to get to Seiryu-den and Shogun-zuka?

Bus is not available an night. Take taxi. It takes about 5 minutes from Keage station.

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#11 Rurikoin temple 瑠璃光院

The schedule of 2023

In 2023, we are not allowed to enter Rurikoin without reservation. Check the top page of Rurikoin website.. (English page is available but we can make reservation only on a page in Japanese.)

Overview

Rurikoin temple is known as the best place to enjoy reflection, or Mizukagami. The temple used to be an auberge. In addtion to the reflection, we also can enjoy traditional Japanese house with beautiful gardens. These years, we cannot visit there without reservation.

Schedule

  • 11/12, 11/13, 11/17~12/3
  • 18:30~20:30
  • Reservation needed Check out JR Tokai tours website( in Japanese).
  • Entrence fee 7,500円

The night illumination of Rurikoin temple

瑠璃光院の床紅葉

The most amazing time is twilight. The autumn leaves grow in the night.

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瑠璃光院ライトアップ瑠璃光院ライトアップ

Ruri no niwa is illuminated and we can enjoy the reflection on the polished tables on the 2nd floor. The Illumination of some landmarks somtimes rough lighting but that of Ruri no niwa is nothing but tender and calm. We can enjoy the maple leaves take advantage of the pillars as frame.

瑠璃光院の瑠璃の庭瑠璃光院の瑠璃の庭

The 1st floor, floor is usually crowded many people. On the other hand, the 1st floor is very quiet.

About Rurikoin temple

  • Name Komyoji Kyoto Honin Rurikoin 光明寺京都本院瑠璃光院
  • Address  55 Kamitakano Higashiyama, Sakyo ward, Kyoto  〒601-1255
  • Phone no. 075-781-4001
  • Website Rurikoin official
  • Time required 1hour~

How to get to Rurikoin temple?

15 minutes walk from Eiden Yase Hieizanguch station.

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ATTENTION!!!! The bridge is still missing. 

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

We’ll go to the other side but there’s no bridge.

瑠璃光院アクセス

We take the detour route. It takes about 15 minutes to reach Rurikoin.

瑠璃光院アクセス

In front of Yase Hieizanguchi sta., you’ll find this view.

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In the red circle, Kan Zakuras (Sakura blooms in fall) bloom.

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

From Yase Hieizanguchi station, go up the road and turn right.

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

You’ll find a bridge (red allow) and cross it. The white arrow indicates the bus stop for Ohara. I took this photo near the bus stop for Kawaramachi/ Kokusai kaikan.

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

Then you’ll find Cable Yase station. Climb down the slope.

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

We’ll reach the other side of the station.

瑠璃光院へのアクセス2023

Just walk straight. You’ll find people wait in line. The red allow indicates the entrance of Rurikoin temple. The road leads to Mikage shrine. Mikage Matsuri, the most important ritual held prior to Aoi Matsuri.

Mikage matsuri 2023: The most important ritual prior to Aoi matsuri festival
Mikage matsuri is a ritual held prior to Aoi Matsuri The most important ritual is Miare shinji held on the 12th May at Mikage shrine. On the very day, the Deity of Shimogamo shrine is born there.
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Very important one. Aoi matsuri doesn’t take place without it.

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七里ヶ浜親方

Mikage shrine is loceated in the middle of a mountain. Don’t go there. BEARS in the area.

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#12 Syorenin temple 青蓮院

The schedule of 2023

Canceled due to renovation

The night illumination of Syorenin temple

青蓮院の紅葉ライトアップ

Syorenin is also a Monzeki temple. It is so calm place to visit though it is located Higashiyama, a popular place for tourists.

青蓮院の紅葉ライトアップ

Syorenin is illuminated in blue because it enshrines “Blue Acala.”

青蓮院基本情報

  • Name: Syorenin Monzeki 青蓮院門跡
  • Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjyobocho, Higashiyma ward, Kyoto 〒605-0035
  • Phone no. 075-561-2345
  • FAX no.  075-662-0250
  • Website Syorenin official
  • Time required 30 minutes~

How to get to Syorenin temple?

5 minutes walk from Subway Higashiyama station.

1 minute walk from Syorenin mae bus stop (It is not available at night.)



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