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Top 10 underrated Autumn Leaves spot in Kyoto 2023

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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: 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.

Schedule of 2023

  • Dates 11/15~12/5
  • Open hours 10:00~16:30(Entrace closes at 16:00)
  • Entrance Fee : Mieido, Daihoji, Garden (御影堂・大方丈・庭園) 1,000 JPY Sanmon Gate (三門):1,000 JPY,  Special ticket (All of them) 1,600 JPY

The autumn leaves

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!

The garden

金戒光明寺の紅葉金戒光明寺の紅葉

We excercise one of the most amazing Mizukagami in Kyoto.

What is Mizukagami, a.k.a., reflection 水鏡につき英語で説明
Mizukagami is a reflection on water, especially pond. In this post, I'll show you what it is and the idea hiding behind it. 合掌

Schedule of 2023 (Night illumination)

  • Dates 11/15~12/3
  • Open hours 17:30~20:30(Entrance closes at 20:00)
  • Entrance Fee : Mieido, Daihoji, Garden (御影堂・大方丈・庭園) 1,000 JPY
  • Premium Haikan :1,500 JPY

Premium Haikan: We can visit these places 30 minutes earlier on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Make reservation at Konkai Komyoji website (In Japanese).

金戒光明寺の紅葉 ライトアップ

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, the best Zen garden in Kyoto
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

光明院両行庵光明院両行庵

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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