What the Sakura are to spring, red leaves are to autumn in Japan. Today we want to introduce you to six beautiful temples in Kyoto to visit in the Japanese autumn and enjoy of the colorful leaves (Koyo).
1- Tofukuji Temple(東福寺):
Built in 1236 Tofuku-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.
The original Buildings were burned and rebuilt in the 15th century. The Sammon Gate is the oldest Zen main gate in Japan and it’s considered a National Treasure. Of course the temple is also famous for it’s maple leaves in autumn. With it’s four breathtaking gardens we’re sure that this temple is one of the best choices for visitors in Kyoto, simply amazing and full of peace. Several parts of the Tofukuji’s temple grounds are free to enter.(More information is HERE)
2- Kiyomizudera Temple(清水寺):
Even before Kyoto became the capital of Japan, this magnificent temple was built in 778 in the eastern part of Kyoto city, halfway up to the Otowa mountain.
Most of the buildings of the temple have been burned down. Most of the current buildings were rebuilt during the Edo Period in 1631. Kiyomizudera is a very well known temple and often makes an appearance in movies and anime. It’s also famous for the Otowa waterfall located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall. The stream of water is split into three. Each one considered to have a different benefit: longevity, success at school and fortune in love. However, remember that it is considered greedy to drink from all of them.(More information is HERE)
3- Eikando Temple(永観堂):
Another one of the famous Koyo spots in Kyoto. We like to recommend the Tahoto Pagoda and Hojo pond, around which a garden has been cultivated. It looks incredibly beautiful especially with its night time illuminations during autumn.(More information is HERE)
4- Chion-in Temple(知恩院):
Chion-in is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, one of the most popular Buddhist sects in Japan with millions of followers. The main entrance gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan. It is 24 meters tall and 50 meters wide. Currently the main hall is being renovated and it’s closed to visitors until 2019. Entry into the temple grounds is free but you will have to pay a fee to access it’s gardens where the autumn leaves can be enjoyed especially in the evening with beautiful illuminations.(More information is HERE)
5- Kodaiji Temple:(高台寺):
Not far away from Kiyomizudera Temple, is the Kodaiji Temple, also known for it’s amazing pond, zen gardens and spectacular evening illuminations. It was built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.(More information is HERE)
6- Tenryuji Temple:(天龍寺):
Built in 1345 Tenryuji is the head temple of the Tenryu branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. The Sogen Pond is one of the highlights of the temple, with an incredible view of the fall foliage.(More information is HERE)
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