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The best scenery of autumn tints in Kyoto Vol.1

In autumn, the whole city of Kyoto is beautifully colored by red and yellow leaves. Here we collected Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples renowned as best spots of autumn tints in Kyoto. It is highly recommended to visit these sites when you come to Japan in fall. >>Check out "The Best Scenery of Autumn Tints in Kyoto Vol.2"



Konkai Komyo-ji Temple is commonly known as “Kurodani-san”, and its neck of the woods is well-known for seeing autumn leaves



Konkai Komyo-ji Temple  

Promenade with Captivating Color Variation from Kurodani to Mount Yoshida
“It is very aesthetic that the delicate color gradually changes from green to yellow and red. My favorite route is to go to Mount Yoshida from Konkai Komyo-ji Temple via Shinnyo-do Temple.“ said Ryuho Sasaoka, the head master of flower arrangement.

“Kyoto Walk with Flowers and Autumn Leaves” responsibly edited by “Today, KYOTO, Tomorrow”, 2014/ Flower Photo by Akira Nakata/ Report by Akiko Okita Published on 14.11.05

Konkai Komyo-ji Temple

Prime location overlooking the cityscape

It is said that this is the first Buddhist temple established by Honen, the important Buddhist priest.  Locals more affectionately call the temple Kurodani-san.  At the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), Katamori Matsudaira, a samurai from northern Japan, assumed the position of secretary-general in Kyoto and had his base established at this location.  The three-story pagoda was constructed to be dedicated to the second Tokugawa shogun, Hidetada.  Inside of the pagoda, sits a statue of Monju Bosatsu and Wakisamurai, sculpted by Unkei.  The San-mon Gate, Amida-do Hall, three-story pagoda and 18 sub-temples stand in the large precinct.  The temple’s “Shiun no Niwa” garden is open in autumn only to the public.

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Published on 14.11.05