vol52: Impressed By The Great Blue Maple and Moss in Kyoto in May

Are you planning a trip to Kyoto in May?
We recommend you to see the great blue maple and moss in the garden.
May is one of the best months to visit Kyoto.
It’s warm and sunny, and the blossoms are blooming.

Blue maple season has last longer than autumn leaves season.
Apart from autumn leaves season, the spots we introduce are not as crowded as other popular historic sites in Kyoto, but it’s a great place to escape from the crowds and take a moment to appreciate the true beauty of Kyoto.

If you stay near the Araden line or use Hankyu line, it’s good to take the Araden line instead of bus.

Best 3 Spots to see blue maple on Araden Line

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine(北野天満宮)

The Aomomiji event takes place at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Aomomiji is Japanese and means the green maple leaves of spring.
This event at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a perfect chance to enjoy some green leaves and get to a spring mood.
Historical site Odoi (earth wall) above the Kamiya river is called “Momiji en”(Maple garden) and known for the beautiful autumn leaves spot.
About 350 green maple trees invite you to the relaxable garden and show the brilliant view.
The Nightingale bridge is one of the most famous sights at the shrine grounds.
The way the vermilion bridge contrasts with the green leaves is a wonderful sight to behold.

Kitano Hakubai cho St. on Araden line (Keifuku train)
【Date & Time】
April 20th (Sat) – June 30 (Sun), 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: 500 yen

Hogo-in Temple(宝厳院)

Hogon-in Temple was built in 1461 as a sub-temple of Tenryu-ji by Hosokawa Toriyuki, a member of the government of the Muromachi shogun.
The garden inside the Hogonin Temple is a pond stroll style garden known as ‘Shishiku no Niwa’ (its mean Lion’s Roar Garden) that incorporates the surrounding scenery into its design.The magnificent stone is a symbol of this garden.
The garden itself represents the teaching place of Buddha, where truth is thought through nature, by listening to the birds singing and the sound of the wind.
While visitors admire and explore beauty of the garden, a teaching of Buddha is experienced at the same time.

Arashiyama St. on Araden line (Keifuku train)
【Date & Time】
March 16 (Sat) – June 30 (Sun), 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: 500 yen

Jojakko-ji Temple(常寂光寺)

Jojakkoji Temple is a quiet and pleasant temple surrounded by the beautiful nature on the mountainside of Ogura mountain in Arashiyama area, Kyoto city.
Jojakkoji Temple is a sub temple of Tenryu-ji temple, the world heritage, and their beautiful garden was frequently covered by the mass media.
The temple was named after the areas resemblance to Jojakkodo (the land in which Buddha’s reside as described in the Lotus Sutra).
The temple is rich in nature and there are moss and over 200 maple trees at the site, offering amazing scenery in green in spring and summer time.
The view from the top of the stone stairs around Ni-o mon gate was famous because the JR railway company picked up as an image as a beautiful Kyoto.
The temple is situated on the mountain and has many stairs, so it’s good to come in comfortable clothing.

Arashiyama St. on Araden line (Keifuku train)
【Date & Time】
There isn’t fixed date.
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Entry Fee: 500 yen

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