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2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
by schauwecker

Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama

On this third Kyoto report within five days I re-visited Arashiyama in the northwestern outskirts of the city. In some spots in the district the trees have progressed into brilliant colors, although overall the peak of the season is still a few days ahead.

Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama

The Arashiyama mountains that provide the attractive backdrop to the Togetsukyo Bridge still appeared somewhat matte today. Hiking up the mountain to the monkey park, I was able to take a closer look at the trees to find most of maple trees - not surprisingly - still at an early stage.

Monkey engrossed in thought at the monkey park
View over Kyoto from the monkey park
Relaxation hour at the monkey park

The colors at Tenryuji Temple were the highlight of the day. Some parts of the temple garden were already at the peak of their seasonal brilliance, and the temple should remain worth a koyo visit for at least another week.

Tenryuji Temple
Tenryuji Temple
Tenryuji Temple

Next I visited Daikakuji, a large temple and former detached imperial palace, a 30 minute walk or short bus ride north of the Togetsukyo Bridge. The temple with its large, human made pond features a modest amount of autumn colors, which were approaching their peak today.

Daikakuji Temple
Daikakuji Temple

The colors have also quite well progressed at Adashino Nembutsuji, where many brilliant trees were gathered around the entrance gate. The colors will further intensify over the coming days.

Adashino Nembutsuji Temple
Adashino Nembutsuji Temple

Thanks to a question in our question forum, I recently learned about another Nembutsuji temple, Otagi Nembutsuji, a further 10 minute walk away, and checked it out today. While the temple offered some nice colors, it were its over 1000 stone statues which fascinated me most.

Otagi Nembutsuji Temple
Fascinating stone statues at Otagi Nembutsuji Temple

After a long day of temple hopping (I did it on foot, but recommend to rent a bicycle), I finished the day of reporting at Nisonin and neighboring Jojakkoji. At both temples, some trees have already progressed into quite brilliant yellows and reds, but overall the peak of the season was still a few more cold nights away.

Nisonin Temple
Jojakkoji Temple

I will return to Kyoto on Sunday.

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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