Reikanji Temple Has Finally Opened Its Doors This Year For Visitors To Enjoy Autumn
Autumn has arrived in full. Within a few weeks, people will begin traveling to Japan’s most picturesque parks, temples, and natural attractions as they turn crimson and gold.
Reikanji Temple in Kyoto will be a popular destination for Koyo (fall colors) this year. The temple will open its doors to the general public for a brief period from November 19 through December 4 so that people can appreciate the stunning autumn leaves in its garden.
Emperor Go-Mizunoo’s daughter Tari-no-Miya founded Reikanji in 1654. Its principal priests were a succession of imperial princesses. It also goes by the name “Palace of the Valley,” and it still has a distinguished reputation and a refined aspect.
After admiring the stunning autumn landscape, you can follow the guided tour that leads you into the Shoin (drawing room), which was relocated from Kyoto’s former Imperial Palace.
You’ll find lovely fusuma sliding doors inside that were painted by former students at the Kano school, one of the most renowned schools of Japanese art. The four seasons, as well as floral and bird’s themes, are highlighted.
It is also possible to access the Hondo main hall, which Tokugawa Ienari, the 11th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, funded for. However, you are not allowed to step inside the building.
Reikanji Temple (12 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto) is officially open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November 19 to December 4. Entry costs ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for youngsters in primary school.
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