The Best Places to See the Autumn of Kyoto

1. Ohara Sanzenin Temple

Date: November

Sanzenin is a temple of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism and was founded by nobody less than the revered monk Saicho who introduced Tendai Buddhism to Japan in 804. Sanzenin is a monzeki temple, one of only a few temples whose head priests used to be members of the imperial family.

2. Nanzen-ji

Date: The mid and the end of November

It is the head temple of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism and includes multiple subtemples, that make the already large complex of temple buildings even larger.

3. Kiyomizu Temple

Date: The end of November and the beginning of December

Kiyomizu Temple is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. It was one of 20 finalists for the New7Wonders of the World.

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