Enjoy the red leaves of autumn reflected in the surface of the pond during Daikaku-ji Temple’s special nighttime illumination event
Daikaku-ji is a temple in the Saga-Arashiyama area. Daikaku-ji Temple is well known as a great place to view autumn leaves, and every year during this period when the maple leaves turn into vivid hues of red and green, there is a special nighttime illumination called “Shinku no Mizukagami” held at the temple. The oldest man-made pond in Japan, Osawa-no-ike, and the smaller Hojochi Pond next to it, both reflect the maple trees planted next to them, and this reflection and the illuminated historic buildings make the atmosphere feel mysterious. This nighttime illumination event is called “Shinku no Mizukagami,” meaning deep crimson reflections on water, and like you can probably guess from its name, you get to see the absolutely beautiful crimson colors of the leaves reflected in the clear Osawa-no-ike pond. The chance to see this gorgeous view at the around 1200-year-old temple comes only ones a year, so I hope you will take the time to go see it.