Vol.174:Autumn leaves in Rurikoin temple

Sightseeing in Kyoto in autumn is about Autumn leaves.
It is the most popular season for tourists.
We would like to introduce Rurikoin temple which has been gaining traction on social media for a while.
The mysterious view of autumn leaves,reflected on the desk on the 2nd floor of shoin hall, is especially famous.
You may have seen it once.
Rurikoin Temple was closed to the public until 2015 in order to protect cultural properties.
It has been open seasonally to the public since then.
Rurikoin Temple will be open to the public on specific days(from October 1st to December 10th) in this autumn.

Rurikoin Temple

Rurikoin Temple is located in Yase at the foot of Mt. Hiei.
Legend has it that Emperor Tenmu, injured in the Jinshin War, healed his wounds in the Yase no Kamaburo.
It was loved as a home of peace for many samurai and aristocrats.
There are three types of gardens within Vast grounds measuring 12,000 tsubo.
One of them, the Ruri-no-niwa, is covered with dozens of different types of moss and appears to be glowing green.
The name ‘Rurikoin’ is derived from the garden.
The autumn leaves of the Ruri-no-niwa are reflected on the polished floor and desks on the 2nd floor of shoin hall.
The mystical sight is amazingly beautiful.
It is also called the phantom autumn leaves, because it is difficult to see a similar sight at other famous spots for autumn leaves.
If you place your camera on the desk and take pictures, you can take good pictures of the reflection of the autumn leaves on the desk, so be sure to give it a try.
The best time to see the autumn leaves at Rurikoin Temple is usually from late November to early December.
Other attractions include the Garyu Garden and the tea room, and you can even try your hand at sutra copying.
There are other attractions such as Garyu Garden and the tea room.
You can experience copying sutras.
Last year, a special nighttime viewing was held for a limited time.
The date for 2023 is still undecided.
Maybe it will be held this year too.
At secial night viewing,advance reservations are required and the number of people is limited, so you can enjoy the autumn leaves at night.
Please check the latest information on the official website before going out.


Information of Autumn special visit at Rurikoin Temple

Location: 55 Higashiyama, Kamikoya, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
TEL: 075-781-4001
Visiting period:October 1st, 2023 – December 10th, 2023
Visiting period(Advance reservation): November 1st – December 3rd, 2023
Time span for pre-ordering: October 10, 2023 13:00-15:00 (Reservations can be made from the official website (WEB only))
Visiting hours: 10:00~17:00(Reception ends at 16:30)
※Visiting hours(November 1st – December 3rd, 2023): 9:00〜18:00
Admission fee: 2000yen
The official website: https://rurikoin.komyoji.com/

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