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Top 10 underrated Autumn Leaves spot in Kyoto 2018

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Top 10 underrated Autumn leaves site in Kyoto 2018

Overview

 As a forcast of the autumn leaves in Kyoto 2018, Kyoto Goat choose top 10 sites among underrated Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

 Entrance fee, opening hours, and the other things on these cites are subject to be  changed. Please check official website of them.

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#1 Korin-in temple 興臨院

Overview

 Korin-in is the most underrated place for admiring autumn leaves in Kyoto. It belongs to Daitokuji temple and not open to public except in a short period of time in spring and fall.

Kohrin-in, or 興臨院, the most underrated Zen temple in Kyoto!
Kohrin-in is the most underrated Zen temple in Kyoto. It has Zen rock garden, traditional tea room, and fantastic autumn colors. It is open to public only in spring and fall. Let us learn the way to enjoy the garden and autumn colors and the construction of Buddhist temple!
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紅葉(Koyo, Autumn leaves)SUPREME~

Koyo extravaganza

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 As we see in the photos above, Korin-in has such vivid leaves. Most of all, the purple leaves are so incredible. I’ve never seen these fabulous leaves in any other place. In Kyoto, Eikando is the most popular place to enjoy autumn foliage but the truth is that KORIN-IN IS THE BEST SITE to admire it, especially in rainy day.

Illumination

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 At twilight, the zen garden and the back yard is illuminated with dim light. The host knows the personality of the garden and maples there. This is the best illuminated Zen garden on the planet.

Things to tell the season

興臨院ライトアップ嵯峨菊

 The first picture is a wash basin we use when we enter a tea room. There are camelia flowers and maple leaves. The second one is Sagagiku, the chrysanthemum indegenous to Saga in Arashiyama. The host tells us that we are in the midst of fall with them. This is the most important thing because we adore maple in autumn to find that we are in tender caress of fall.

About Korin-in

Official name: Kohrin-in 興臨院

Address: 80 Murasakino Daitokuji cho, Kita ward, Kyoto city 603-8231

Phone no. 075-491-7636

Official Website : Not available. You can have info. on Kohrinin at Kyoto shyunju website.

Open schedule in spring : 2018 March 17– June 10 (Except March 20 and 21)

Open hours : 10:00~ 4:30

Entrance admission fee :Adult 600yen, High school student and Junior high school student 400yen, Primary school children 300yen

Time required 1 hour~

Access to Korin-in?

Take kyoto municipal subway karasuma line for Kokusai kaikan and get off train at Kitaoji sta.

Go to Kitaoji bus terminal adjacent to Kitaoji sta..

At G bus stop in Kitaoji bus terminal, take bus no. 206.

Get off bus at Daitokuji-mae bus stop.

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#2 Tenju-an temple 天授庵

Overview

 Tenju-an is a sub-temple of Nanzenji-temple. It has a Zen garden designed by Kobori Ensyu, the famous garden designer in 17th century, and a stroll garden.

Tenjuan garden: Autumn leaves and night illumination in Kyoto. 天授庵の紅葉
The precise info on Tenjuan garden in fall; Autumn leaves, night illumination, zen garden, the best time to visit, and more!

Zen garden 本堂前庭 (枯山水庭園)

天授庵の紅葉2017天授庵の紅葉

 In Zen garden, If we visited there many times in autumn, green leaves gradually change into half vivid, half pale vermilion.

天授庵本坊東庭園

 In the end, the leaves fell onto the white pebbles. This is a way to enjoy autumn leaves in Zen garden: to see the verimilion against the white and green.

 Stroll garden 書院南庭園(池泉式回遊庭園)

天授庵の紅葉

 Stroll garden has a pond and visitors enjoy it strolling around it. Here in Tenju-an, we can expeirence a typical fashion to admire it in fall: to see fallen leaves on pond. Tenju-an keeps many carps in the pond. They swim around among the fallen leaves and gives us “Hakanai (it means nothing reminds the same)” impression.

天授庵の紅葉

 Around the pond, we can see pale-colored leaves and its reflection on the surface of the pond. This is a technique to enjoy something around a pond called “Mizukagami.”

The main hall 書院

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 Taking windows or pillars as flame, we can see maple trees as though they were in painting.

Illumination

天授庵本坊庭園ライトアップ

 The illumination in Tenju-an is so warm and bright.

About Tenju-an

Official name: Zuiho-zan Tenju-an 瑞龍山天授庵

Address: Nanzenji Fukujicho, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city,  〒606-8435

Phone no. 075-771-0744

Official Website : Not available. 

Open hours : 8:40~17:00

Entrance admission fee :Adult 400yen

Time required 1 hour~

How to get to Tenju-an?

About 10 minutes walk from Kyoto City subway Keage station.

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#3 Shinnyo-do temple 真如堂

Overview

 Shinnyodo is a very calm place because people pay a scarce visit there. It is one of the most overlooked place in Kyoto. It would be better to go there by way of Konkai Komyoji temple.

Quiet leaves in the shade

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 The autumn leaves in Shinyo-do turn into amazing pale purple.

真如堂の紅葉

 The autumn leaves in Shinyo-do turn into amazing pale purple.

真如堂の紅葉真如堂の紅葉

 In front of the main hall, we can enjoy it with a pagoda. In the back yard, we see in the shade.

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If you want to admire autumn leaves in quiet, be there!

About Shinnyo-do

Official name: Reisho-zan Sinsho Gokurakuji 鈴聲山真正極楽寺

Address: 82 Jodoji Shinnyo cho, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city,  〒606-8414

Phone no. 075-771-0915

Official Website : Shinnyodo official (Japanese language only)

Open hours : 9:00~16:00

Entrance admission fee for garden :Adult 500yen

Time requried 1 hour~

How to get to Shinnyo-do?

Kyoto city bus

No.2、93、203、204  Okazeki Jinjya mae bus stop

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#4 Konkai Komyoji temple 金戒光明寺

Overview

 Konkai Komyoji is also overlooked place as Shinnyo-do temple, i.e., we can enjoy autumn leaves in calmness.

Konkai komyoji temple 金戒光明寺: the overlooked autumn leaves in Kyoto
Konkai Komyoji temple is not popular site to visit but we can enjoy one of the most beautiful autumn leaves and illumination in Kyoto.

Sanmon gate 三門

金戒光明寺の紅葉

 Sanmon is a main gate of Buddhist temple. At Konkai Komyoji, we can adore the leaves in stunning red.

金戒光明寺の紅葉 夕暮れ

 At twilight, we have incredible view against the setting sun.

At night, I cannot describe to you how beautiful it is.

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Officially announced! We have illumination in 2018!

Dates: 9th November~2nd December

Hours 18:00~21:00(Be there by 20:30)

Entrance fee: Adult 800yen

The garden

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 We excercise one of the most amazing Mizukagami in Kyoto.

Illumination

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 The illumination in Konkai Komyoji is really beyond description and we have one of the best illumination in Kyoto but it didn’t take place in 2017. We have no information about this year.

About Konkai Komyoji

Official name: Shiun-zan Konkai Komyoji  紫雲山金戒光明寺

De facto name: Kurodani-san 黒谷さん

Address: 121 Kurodani cho , Sakyo ward, Kyoto city,  〒606-8331

Phone no. 075-771-2201

Fax no.  075-771-0836

Official Website : Konkai Komyoji official (Japanese language only)

Open hours : 9:00~16:00

Time requried 1 hour~

How to get to Konkai Komyoji?

Kyoto city bus

No.2、93、203、204  Okazeki Jinjya mae bus stop

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#5 Komyo-in temple 光明院

Overview

光明院入山心得

 Komyoin is a sub-temple of Tofukuji temple. It has a beautiful Zen garden composed by Mirei Shigemori, the famous garden artist in the 20th century.

  The sign board in the photo tells “If you could’t  behave yourself, LEAVE HERE. We believe in you.”

Komyoin temple 光明院, the best Zen garden in Kyoto 京都
Komyoin is solemn, uderrated temple but has the best Zen garden to meditate in Kyoto. Let us visit there in four seasons and enjoy cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, and snow!
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Of course I believe in you, too!

Zen garden 波心庭

ひみつ光明院の紅葉2016

光明院の紅葉光明院の紅葉

The best place to admire Zen garden in complete calmnsee with Autumn foliage. If you were there, you couldn’t say a word because of the calmness in there.

Tea room 両行庵

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 The small hous indicated with an arrow. I can’t tell whether we could be there or not.

At least, in 2017, we were able to be there and had a good view of the garden.

The approach

光明院 雲嶺の庭の紅葉光明院の紅葉

 At the aprroach, we have pale vermilion leaves. The leaves, white pebbles, pine trees, and stones are well harmonized.

About Komyo-in

Official name: Komyo-in 光明院

Address: 15-809 Hon cho, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city,  〒605-0981

Phone no. 075-561-7317

Fax no.  075-561-7328

Official Website : not available

Open hours : 8:00~at twilight

Time requried 15 minutes~

How to get to Komyo-in?

About 15 minutes walk from JR/Keihan Tofukuji station.

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