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Autumn Color Report 2012
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2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
by sean

Today I visited a few locations in Kyoto which offered simply stunning fall scenery. The restart of the working week, in combination with the rainy weather, brought back some calm to the streets of Kyoto, in contrast to the day before.

Pearls of rain drops, fresh autumn colors and puddle-dotted avenues together created a romantic ambience at the city today.

I first visited the Shugakuin Imperial Villa, which requires advance reservations for entry at the Imperial Household Agency located at the Kyoto Imperial Palace. As soon as I passed through the gate, I was greeted by a pair of maple trees which provided fresh contrasting colors of red and yellow. Views at the villa were breathtaking, enhanced by the autumn colors at their greatest.

Registered guests visit the imperial villa in groups
Stunning colors
Everyone enjoyed the views
Picturesque pond
Pretty path

About 20 minutes on foot south of the Shugakuin Imperial Villa was Manshuin, a temple of the Tendai Sect, which features treasured drawings on its sliding doors by renowned artist Kano Tanyu. Autumn foliage within and around the temple were at their peak today, although the rain might have caused many leaves to fall prematurely.

Garden at Manshuin
Glossy maples
Nice colors around the temple

A further 20 minutes south was Enkoji, a temple famous for its autumn colors and its elegant Suikinkutsu Basin, said to be the oldest in the northern suburbs of Kyoto City. Outstanding views of autumn colors can currently be seen at Enkoji, even though like at Manshuin, some trees were losing their leaves to the rain.

The many maple trees at the temple's garden today were of vibrant gradations of yellow, orange and red.

Suikinkutsu Basin
Jizo Bodhisattva
View of the city from the hill behind the garden
Awesome tree

My final stop for the day was at Shinnyodo, a majestic temple located in central Kyoto, not far from Eikando, Ginkakuji and Heian Shrine. Colors at the temple precincts were similarly at their very best.

I think peak season would probably last for about three more days for Manshuin and Enkoji, and a little longer for the Shugakuin Imperial Palace and Shinnyodo.

Shinnyodo's pagoda
Nice colors
Temple approach
Fall scenery all around the temple grounds

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report