Higashiyama/Autumn leaves

Changing color of Autumun leaves are still at its peak along canals in Okazaki Park and Shorenin Temple in Eastern mountain area.
Shorenin is Imperial temple. Since one of the son of Emperor was appointed to reside, the temple was modeled after Imperial Palace. The interior is decorated with beautiful sliding doors, which is said to be from 17th century. You may enjoy the landscape garden designed at the foot of the mountain while sitting or strolling. Visitors in Kimono are particularly welcomed and fit into the surroundings, however dogs are unfortunately not welcomed.
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Adjoining temple is Chionin, the head quarter of Jodo Buddhism School. You may keep walking along the slope of Ninenzaka, still hugely crowded with people to see final moment of the maples lit up at night in Kiyomizu Temple.
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Arashiyama 2/Autumn leaves

A bamboo grove is located behind Tenryuji Temple, one of the great Zen Buddhism temple in the area. The vast area was covered with bamboo in Arashiyama, however bamboo groves are remaining only in limited areas, today.
Keep walking down the slope over the JR railway tunnel. There is an eutrophied green colored pond, though king fishers are living here. If you see the photographers using the tripods, you may ask them to see the pictures of king fishers taken by them. They are happy to show you. You would be a prey to amateur photographers!
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Saying hello to fairies on the tree, you will be headed for Jojakkoji Temple. It was founded around 1600 by a monk, who refused to obey the order of Hideyoshi, the then powerful person. He preferred to stay secluded way. The small buildings of the temple are mingled with the trees, particulaly maple trees, and the temple didn't have boundaries for a long time. The temple specially became famous for the name, the temple of maple trees.
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There is another secluded house called Rakushisha. Kyorai Mukai was a poet, one of the most distinguished disciples of Basho. He had 40 persimmon trees. All the persimmons dropped, the day after all of them were bought by a merchant. Kyorai felt so sorry that he returned the money already paid. I had a bowl of udon noodle and Kaki persimmon at the noodle shop next door.

Arashiyama/Autumn leaves

I started walking from Arashiyama Station, Hankyu Railway line, and kept walking along Hozu River. I stopped at a place to see Mt.Atago, the highest mountain in the North and Mt.Hiei, the second highest above Togetsu Bridge in the Eastern direction. I continued walking while seeing the view of the river under the umbrella of the maple branches.
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There is a boat to cross the river only with 400 yen. You may be noticed by the rower if you wave the flag there. It's nice to see the mountains from the same level as the river surface.
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Across the river is the best spot to take photoes. Some are enjoying long distance Hozu River Cruise, while others are enjoying relaxing cruising only in Arashiyama area. ara8.jpg ara9.jpg ara10.jpg ara11.jpg
Usually,the color of the leaves are to change gradually from 20th Nov. It's a little late this year due to the higher temperature. In order to have the color changed, we have to wait until the temperature really gets down. I climbed up Kameyama Park, finding the trees wearing the winter jackets for removing the eggs of the insects in spring.


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