by / on November 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Autumn Hotspots in Kyoto and Nara!

November is upon us and with that the autumn season, the various rich colors of the changing leaves of the Maple tree and Ginko trees. Kyoto is one of the “Hotspots” in Japan and many temples have evening illumination. It will all start this coming week-end (November 15) and lasts until the first week of December (December 8). Kyoto will […]

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by / on February 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Nara Ken, Uda County

Ōno-ji Temple and the Carved Rock Maitreya!

Last year in autumn I wanted to see different shrines and temples in the province of Nara. On this particular day , the aim was to visit Ōno-ji Temple, Murō-ji temple and Tanzan jinja, all in Uda County. It was a fine day and the autumn colours where at its peak. There are not so many tourists visiting these shrines […]

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by / on November 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto During Autumn 2012!

Last Thursday I went to the Higashiyama area of Kyoto to visit Kiyomizu dear and Kodai-ji temple garden. I couldn’t resist taking a peak at the Yasaka shrine. As usual it was packed with visitors, one of the reasons being that it is the peak season for viewing the autumn colours. The Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社 Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine, […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Red Maple Leaves of Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto!

As the season of autumn leaf-changing comes to an end, I decided to visit to one of the most well-known and popular sites for Momiji-watching (‘Momiji,’ which indicates the changing of the leaves), Tōfuku-ji (東福寺). Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) is one of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto, and is the head temple of the Tōfuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect […]

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