is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry trees in spring and maple trees in autumn, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance.
is also very famous for it's spectacular autumn colours. People come here from all over Japan to see it. The most popular view is of the Tsutenkyo Bridge, which spans a valley of lush maple trees. The view from the bridge is equally spectacular, and the 100 meter long, covered walkway becomes extremely crowded when the colors reach their peak, usually around mid to late November. Green and stone gardens provided a nice contrast to the colourful maple tree leaves.
The Temple is surrounded on two sides by impressive gardens designed by leading contemporary masters. The gardens are lit up during special illumination shows in spring and autumn.
We enjoyed taking photos of details like the prayer wheels above or roofs of temples covered by autumn leaves.