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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
by raina

With Joe and Scott covering the Kanto Region, I remain in the Kansai Region and revisited Kyoto again. This time, I went to different temples compared to my last trip three days ago. The colors today were between a mix of starting to change and approaching peak, even within the same place.

I started my day at Shinnyodo Temple before the crowds arrived and found that the trees have developed color and are likely to improve further over the next few days. It was quiet at the temple and I spent some time on the temple grounds walking around while listening to the monks perform their morning prayers.

Trees along Shinnyodo Temple
A variety of colors here
Pond, autumn colors and the temple
More developed trees and the pagoda at Shinnyodo
The path along the temple

From Shinnyodo Temple, I walked for about ten minutes to Eikando Temple. The temple is a favorite for autumn color fans and costs 1000 yen to enter. The grounds are illuminated in the evenings until December 3, from 17:30 to 21:00 (admission ends 30 minutes before closing). Entry during the evenings cost 600 yen. The colors here were approaching peak when I was there, quite a difference from Shinnyodo Temple.

Moody inside Eikando
Looking down from one of the building connectors
Colors developing nicely here
View from Tahoto Pagoda
Crunchy leaves
Leaves in the garden were slightly more developed
Garden in Eikando with Tahoto pagoda in the background
The grass is always greener on the other side
Crunchy leaves

My next stop was Nanzenji Temple, and I visted the area around the Sanmon entrance gate and Tenjuan Temple. The colors at Tenjuan Temple were more advanced compared to the trees around the Sanmon gate, but it should not be long before the colors all catch up and be really vibrant. Like at Eikando Temple, there are evening illumations at Tenjuan Temple from November 15 till November 30 from 17:30 to 20:45.

View from Sanmon gate
At the bottom of the gate looking towards Hojo
Hiding at the back of the temple grounds
Sanmon hiding behind some trees
Congruent squares (kinda) at Tenjuan
Autumn color appreciation in session
Looking at the Tenjuan buildings from across the pond
Colors here are more vibrant
Inside the inner garden at Tenjuan

Kodaiji Temple was quite a bit of a trek from Nanzenji Temple. But I decided to go on foot as it would have taken about the same amount of time had I gone by public transport. The temple is illuminated in the evenings, with projection mapping across the rock garden, until December 13 from sunset till 22:00 (admission ends 30 minutes before closing). The colors here were approaching peak with a couple of trees already at their peak.

Rock garden at Kodaiji
Schoolgirls getting their picture taken
Leaves at the roof of Kodaiji

My last stop for the day was Kiyomizudera. It was crowded with overseas and domestic travelers, and school children on excursion. I also saw many overseas travelers enjoying walking around dressed in kimono. The colors here were just starting to change, and it would be a couple more weeks before they reach their peak. Kiyomizudera also has evening illuminations from November 14 till December 6 from 18:00 till 21:00.

Looking down at the fountain at Kiyomizudera
Lots of people here
The approach was packed

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List of Posts:
2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

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