This autumn, Kyoto is a must-visit destination for its stunning sites. To further enhance the mystique of the surroundings, six temples in Kyoto will be illuminated at night as part of the Souda Kyoto Ikou campaign. Bamboo lanterns and colorful trees will light up the grounds of the temples, with the bamboo cultivated on-site in Satoyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
Toji Temple will be open from October 29 to December 11, from 6 to 9:30 pm (last entry 9:00 pm). The evening visit costs ¥1,000 (¥500 for middle school students and younger). Byodoin Temple in Uji will be lit up from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on seven days: November 19, 20, 23, 26, and 27, as well as December 3 and 4. Tickets must be purchased in advance for ¥1,000, with only 1,000 individuals allowed per day.
Hogonin Temple near Arashiyama will be open after hours from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (last admittance 8:00 pm) from November 12 to December 4. The pathways and trees will be illuminated with golden lights and bamboo lanterns. Admission costs ¥600 for adults and ¥300 for middle and primary school students.
Ninnaji Temple will be illuminated with iridescent lights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from October 28 to December 4 (also open on Thursday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 23, but closed on Sunday, November 27). (Last entry 8:30 pm). In addition, a bamboo lantern exhibit will also be on display from November 3 to November 28. The entrance fee of 1,000 yen (free for high school students and younger) supports the maintenance of the site’s cultural assets.
Anshoji Temple near the Yamashina Canal will be lit up from November 19 to November 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (last entry 6:30 pm). Admission costs ¥500. Finally, Kenninji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest temples, will have its fall leaves illuminated from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (last admittance 7:00 pm) from November 23 to December 11. Bamboo lanterns will also be on the show but only accessible to those who have bought a ticket using the premium EX booking app.