Nov. 16, 2023 UPDATE
Daikaku-ji Temple: Special nighttime illuminations of Osawa-no-ike pond- 大覚寺夜間拝観 -
The temple is a bit far from the closest station, but it is one of the best places to see autumn leaves in Kyoto. Many visitors from overseas also go to the temple to see the autumn foliage.
Japanese, and a simple page in English.
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PeriodNovember 17th - December 3rd, 2023
VenueDaikaku-ji Temple and the area around Osawa-no-ike Pond.
Story & Recommendation
Enjoy the red leaves of autumn reflected on the surface of the pond during Daikaku-ji Temple’s special nighttime illumination event
Daikaku-ji is a temple in the Saga-Arashiyama area. It 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 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. The chance to see this gorgeous view at the around 1200-year-old temple comes only once a year, so I hope you will take the time to go see it!
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5:30 to 8:30 p.m.(Reception closes at 8:00 p.m.) *If you go to the temple during daytime you cannot use that ticket to enter the special illumination, you will need to buy another one.
Adult JPY900 / Child JPY500 (Please note this admissin fee is for night event & to enter the temple during daytime another admission fee is required.)