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The top 7 spots for Japanese Green Maples in Kyoto! 京都の青もみじ

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  1. Japanese Green Maple in Kyoto
    1. What is Japanese Green Maple?
    2. The difference between green maple and autumn leaves
  2. The top 7 spots for Japanese Green Maple in Kyoto 2018
    1. #1 Tenjuan temple 天授庵
      1. What is Tenjuan temple?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Tenjuan temple
        1. The Zen rock garden
        2. The Shoin garden
      3. The autumn leaves in Tenjuan
      4. About Tenjuan
      5. Access to Tenjuan
    2. #2 Kamigamo shrine 上賀茂神社
      1. What is Kamigamo shrine?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Kamigamo shrine
        1. Syokei en garen
      3. The autumn leaves in Kamigamo shrine
      4. Aoi matsuri festival 2018
      5. About Tenjuan
      6. Access to Kamigamo shrine
    3. #3 Ginkakuji temple 銀閣寺
      1. What is Ginkakuji temple?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Ginkakuji temple
        1. In the garden
      3. The autumn leaves in Ginkakuji temple
      4. About Ginkakuji
    4. Access to Ginkakuji temple
    5. #4 Rengeji temple 蓮華寺
      1. What is Rengeji temple?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Rengeji temple
        1. Hoji garden
      3. The autumn leaves in Rengeji temple
      4. About Rengeji temple
      5. Access to Rengeji temple
    6. #5位 Eikando temple 永観堂(禅林寺)
      1. What is Eikando?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Eikando temple
      3. The autumn leaves in Eikando temple
      4. About Eikando temple
      5. Access to Eikando temple
    7. #6 Rurikoin temple 瑠璃光院
      1. What is Rurikoin temple?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Rurikoin temple
        1. Yukamomiji
      3. The autumn leaves in Rurikoin temple
      4. Open dates of Ruikoin temple in Spirng 2018
      5. About Eikando temple
      6. Access to Rurikoin temple
    8. #7 Hogoin temple 宝厳院
      1. What is Hogoinin temple?
      2. Japanese Green Maple in Hogonin temple
      3. The autumn leaves in Hogonin temple
      4. About Hogonin  temple
      5. Access to Hogonin temple
  3. The Atumne leaves in Kyoto

Japanese Green Maple in Kyoto

What is Japanese Green Maple?

新緑の大河内山荘新緑の大河内山荘

These days, we hear of Japanese Green Maple as long as the Autumn Leaves/Colors. In Japan, Maple tree blooms in early spring and has beautiful green leaves in mid-spring and the leaves turn red and yellow in late fall. We enjoy green leaves from spring to early fall. In this article, I’ll show you top 7 sites to admire them.

The difference between green maple and autumn leaves

永観堂の紅葉2016東福寺の紅葉2016蓮華寺の紅葉2017

 In fall, we can enjoy many colors shown in the pictures above.

京都の青もみじ退蔵院の青もみじ

 On the other hand, green maple has the almost same colors but we have different ways to enjoy them. Let me show you them, BAAH!

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The top 7 spots for Japanese Green Maple in Kyoto 2018

#1 Tenjuan temple 天授庵

What is Tenjuan temple?

天授庵の紅葉天授庵の庭園

 Tenjuan temple is a small Rinzai school temple belongs to Nanzenji temple. In fall, many people visits there for enjoying Autumn leaves.

Japanese Green Maple in Tenjuan temple

The Zen rock garden

天授庵の枯山水庭園天授庵の青もみじ

 Tenjuan has two gardens. The one is Zen rock garden. As you’ll see later, it has one of the most beautiful Autumn Colors in Kyoto. The garden belongs to Hoji, an abott’s quaters, and it has a veranda we can sit on to admire the garden.

The Shoin garden

天授庵の庭園天授庵の庭園

 Having enjoyed the Zen garden, we cross wooden bridges. The pond welcomes us with “Mizukagami.” Mizukagami is an art Japanese people love when they adore somthing. In the technique, they use surface of water as mirror and admire a reflection.

天授庵の池天授庵の池

 On the other side, there is another pond.

天授庵のスイレン天授庵のスイレン

 On the pond, we can see many water lilies in early summer. In the Buddhism, water lily and lotus are important flowers. They make supreme flower called “Renge” in the Buddhism. Both water lily and lotus bloom beautiful flowers though they have their roots in mud. For us, they seems like a person of a great rectitude in the secular world. In the theme song of famous Japanese movie “It’s tough, being a man,” Tora san sings “The person who has roots, which means strong will to live through this world, destined to be in bloom though she/he is in doldrums.”

天授庵の庭園天授庵の庭園

 We also enjoy amazing moss.

天授庵の池天授庵の錦鯉

 There are many carps in the pond. Sometimes they make the reflections rippled.

The autumn leaves in Tenjuan

天授庵の紅葉2017天授庵本堂前庭園の紅葉

天授庵の紅葉天授庵の紅葉

永観堂のライトアップ2016天授庵 書院南庭

 As we see, we have warm and bright colors in Tenjuan

 Enjoy the garden of Tenjuan! (We have a custom to see something reminds us of winter in summer time to forget heat.)

Of course you can enjoy the green maples in video!

About Tenjuan

Offical name: Zuihozan Tenjuan

Address: Nanzenji Fukuike cho, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 606-8435

Phone no.: 075-771-0744

Website: Not available

Open hours: 8:40~17:00

Admission fee: Adult 400 yen highschool student 300 yen elementary and junior high  school student 200 yen

The time required 30 minutes~

Access to Tenjuan

 It takes about 10 minutes from Subway Keage station.

#2 Kamigamo shrine 上賀茂神社

What is Kamigamo shrine?

新緑の上賀茂神社

 Kamigamo shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto and the Imperial court has high respect for it. Even today, the emperor sends a massenger to it in Aoi matsuri festival. About 60 years ago, common people were not admitted to pay a visit there. The world Heritage site.

Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto, Aoi matsuri, and its history 上賀茂神社 京都 英語
Kamigamo jinjya shrine is one of the oldest shrine in Kyoto. In this article, you can learn about Aoi matsuri, secrets of it, its history, Shinme horse etc. on many pictures and videos.

Japanese Green Maple in Kamigamo shrine

Syokei en garen

新緑の上賀茂神社

 We have many Japanese Green Maples there but the place I recommend to you is a garden called “Shokei en.”

葵祭2016

 On the second Sundy of April, “Kamo kyokusui no en” party is held. In the party, participants in beautiful Kimono of the ancient style compose Japanese poem in the traditional music.

The autumn leaves in Kamigamo shrine

上賀茂神社の紅葉上賀茂神社の紅葉

上賀茂神社の紅葉下鴨神社の紅葉

 In Kamigamo shrine, we can see stunning red and vermilion leaves.

Aoi matsuri festival 2018

斎王代御禊葵祭2018

 Kamigamo shrine is famous for Aoi matsuri festival. Let us enjoy it!

Aoi matsuri festival in kyoto 2019! 葵祭、京都
In this article, with many photos and videos, you can see the way to enjoy Aoi matsuri festival. Its history, the rituals going with it, the famous parade.

About Tenjuan

Official name: Kamo wake ikazuchi jinjya shrine

Defacto name: Kamigamo jinjya shrine

Address: 339, Kamigamo honzan, Kita ward, Kyoto city

Phone no. 075-781-0011

Fax no. 075-702-6618

Website: Kamigamo shrine offical page

Open hours: 10:00~16:00

Admission fee: free

The time required 30 minutes~

Access to Kamigamo shrine

 At Subway Kitaoji station, take bus no.37 and get off at Kamigamo misono bashi bus stop. It takes about 5 minutes to Kamigamo shrine. 

#3 Ginkakuji temple 銀閣寺

What is Ginkakuji temple?

 Ginkakuji temple was built in 15th century as a retirement villa of Ashikaga Yosimasa, the 8th Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. It shows us the foundation of Japanese culture. It is also known as “the silver pavilion,” though it is not plastered with silver actually. (On the other hand, the golden pavilion is plastered with gold.) The World Heitage site.

The Ultimate Ginkakuji Temple Guide in Kyoto 銀閣寺 京都 英語
 A goat Kyotoite shows you Ginkakuji, or the silver pavilion in Kyoto. Let us learn about what to see like the silver pavilion, dry gardens and its history.

Japanese Green Maple in Ginkakuji temple

In the garden

銀閣寺春の銀閣寺洗月泉

春の銀閣寺東求堂銀閣寺の苔

銀閣寺の青もみじ

 In Ginkakuji temple, the garden is covered with the extraordinary green of Japanese Maple and moss. We can spot some flowers and plants which tell us the season we are in.

The autumn leaves in Ginkakuji temple

銀閣寺の紅葉2016銀閣寺の紅葉2016

銀閣寺の紅葉2017銀閣寺の紅葉2017

 In fall, we can enjoy the Autumn colors in the green.

永観堂の紅葉2016永観堂の紅葉2016

 The Autumn Colors of Ginkakuji temple is not as vivid like Eikando temple.

About Ginkakuji

Official name: Tozan Jishoji

Defacto name: Ginkakuji temple

Address:  Ginkakuji cho 2, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 606-8402

Phone no. 075-771-5725

Fax no. 075-771-5439

Website: Ginkakuji temple official page (Japanese language only)

Open hours:

March~November 8:30~17:00

December~Feburary 9:00~16:30

Admission fee: Over 16 years old 500 yen

The time required 60 minutes~

Access to Ginkakuji temple

It takes about 10 minutes from Ginkakuji mae/ Ginkakuji michi bus stop.

#4 Rengeji temple 蓮華寺

What is Rengeji temple?

 Rengeji is a small temple located in the rural area of Kyoto city. We can be in a complete silence.

Japanese Green Maple in Rengeji temple

Hoji garden

蓮華寺の青もみじ蓮華寺の青もみじ

 It seems a common garden but as I indicated before, it is very quiet. All we can hear is a rustle of leaves.

The autumn leaves in Rengeji temple

蓮華寺の紅葉蓮華寺の紅葉

 In fall, Rengeji has astonishing Autumn Colors and lures many people on.

About Rengeji temple

Official name: Kimyozan Rengeji

Defacto name: Rakuhoku Rengeji

Address:  Kamitakano Hachimancyo 1, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city,  606-0065

Phone no. 075-781-3494

Website: Not available

Open hours: 9:00~17:00

Admission fee: Over 16 years old 400 yen

The time required 20 minutes~

Access to Rengeji temple

It takes 5 minutes from Eiden Miyake Hachiman station.

#5位 Eikando temple 永観堂(禅林寺)

What is Eikando?

永観堂の見返り阿弥陀像

 Eikando’s official name is “Zenrinji temple.” Eikando is named after the fomous monk “Yokan.” It has a statue of Amitabha on the verge of turning around. It has one of the most amazing Autumn Leaves in Kyoto.

Japanese Green Maple in Eikando temple

永観堂の阿弥陀堂永観堂の古方丈

永観堂の桜

 As in Rengeji temple, we have common Greem Maple in Eikando but we have extraordinary Autumn Colors there in every fall. Let us enjoy the Green Maples as a prelude for Autumn.

The autumn leaves in Eikando temple

永観堂の紅葉永観堂の紅葉2017

永観堂の紅葉2016永観堂の紅葉2016

永観堂の紅葉2016永観堂の紅葉2016

 As we see, Eikando has the first-class Autumn Colors. The peculiar thing is that we could be in many colors. We cannot enjoy many colors at the same place in any other places. In addition to it, these colors are very exquisite.

永観堂のライトアップ2016永観堂のライトアップ2016

 We have illumination extravaganza. Nothing but perfect.

About Eikando temple

Official name: Shuju Raigozan Muryojuin Zenrinji

Defacto name: Eikando temple

Address: Eikando cho 48, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 606-8445

Phone no. 075-761-0007

Fax no. 075-771-4243

Website: Eikando offical website

Open hours: 9:00~17:00

Admission fee: Adult 600 yen  7~18 years old 400 yen

The time required 60 minutes~

Access to Eikando temple

About 10 minutes from Nanzenji eikando michi/ Higashi tenno cho bus stop.

#6 Rurikoin temple 瑠璃光院

What is Rurikoin temple?

瑠璃光院ライトアップ

 Rurikoin is a fomer auberge and became a Buddhist temple in 2005. It is famous for “Yukamomiji,” a reflection of maple leaves on a surface of floor.

Rurikoin, or 瑠璃光院, in Kyoto; the autumn leaves extravaganza and "Yukamomiji."
Rurikoin lures many people with amazing autumn leaves and green maples. In this article, you can see beautiful reflection of autumn colors and learn about the Zen Buddhism teachings!

Japanese Green Maple in Rurikoin temple

Yukamomiji

瑠璃光院の青もみじ瑠璃光院の青もみじ

 This is Yukamomiji I indicated. Very amazing.

瑠璃光院の青もみじ

 Actually, a table reflects green maples, not a floor.

The autumn leaves in Rurikoin temple

瑠璃光院の瑠璃の庭瑠璃光院の瑠璃の庭

瑠璃光院の瑠璃の庭瑠璃光院の床紅葉

I prefer the twilight time.

瑠璃光院山露地の庭瑠璃光院臥龍の庭

 Not only the leaves in reflection but in the garden is also prefect.

Open dates of Ruikoin temple in Spirng 2018

Rurikoin temple is not open to public usually.

Open schedule in this spring;

April 15th~June 15th
 
Open hours 10:00~17:00
 
Admission fee 2,000円

About Eikando temple

Official name: Muryojuzan Komyoin Ruikoin

Address: Takano Higashiyama 55, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 601-1255

Phone no. 075-781-4001

Website: Rurikoin offical website

Open hours: 9:00~17:00

Admission fee: 2000 yen

The time required 60 minutes~

Access to Rurikoin temple

 It takes 10 minutes from Eiden Yase Hieizanguchi station.

#7 Hogoin temple 宝厳院

What is Hogoinin temple?

新緑の宝厳院宝厳院獅子吼の庭

 Hogonin is a Rinzai-school temple belongs to Tenryuji temple located in Arashiyama area. It is not open to public usually. We visit there only in spring and fall.

 

宝厳院の桜 2018

 In spring time we can admire amzing weeping cherry blossom.

Japanese Green Maple in Hogonin temple

宝厳院の青もみじ

新緑の宝厳院宝厳院の青もみじ

 Hogon in is rich in green maple and moss as Ginkakuji temple. The peculiar thing in Hogonin is shadow cast on the moss.

The autumn leaves in Hogonin temple

宝厳院の紅葉2016宝厳院の紅葉2016

宝厳院紅葉ライトアップ宝厳院紅葉ライトアップ宝厳院の紅葉2016

宝厳院紅葉ライトアップ宝厳院紅葉ライトアップ

 In illuminated Hogonin, we can see very stunning red leaves.

About Hogonin  temple

Official name: Daikizan Hogonin

Address: Saga Tenryuji Susukino Babacho 36, Ukyo ward, Kyoto city, 616-8385

Phone no. 075-861-0091

Website: Hogonin offical website

Access to Hogonin temple

It takes about 10 minutes form JR Saga Arashiyama station, Randen Arashiyama station, and Hankyu Arashiyama station.

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The Atumne leaves in Kyoto

 Let us enjoy the Autumn Leaves in Kyoto in advance.

 

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