Kiyomizu-dera Temple with Autumn leaves – image © Damien Douxchamps
Kiyomizu-dera Temple, that wildly popular temple in Southern Higashiyama, has grounds that are covered with maple trees. Thus, it’s a great place to see the Autumn colors in Kyoto
Jizo is a Bodhisattva much loved by the Japanese. He usually appears as a small stone statue, often barely distinguishable from natural rocks. This one is at Otagi-Nenbutsu-ji Temple in western Arashiyama.
The suburb of Yamashina is just on the other side of the Higashiyama Mountains, east of Kyoto. It’s accessible by the JR Line from Kyoto Station and the Tozai subway line from central Kyoto. The garden at Bishamon-do Temple is superb in the Autumn.
Iwakura is a village on the Eizan Line in northern Kyoto (the same train line that takes you up to Kurama). Few visitors to Kyoto get off at Iwakura. Those who do are rewarded by the garden at Jisso-in Temple.
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