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#180 of 1,077 things to do in Kyoto
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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 55 Kamitakano Higashiyama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1255, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful scene but too many people

It opens in 2 particular periods, Spring and Autumn only, as it has a very beautiful nature scene. We visited in Nov 2015 for the red leave scene. No doubt that the magnificent... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Hong Kong, China
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We visited this place by Nov 2016. The transport took about 1 hour plus to come here. The ticket cost JPY 2000 for adult, JPY 1000 for child. We have to wait about a hour to go in. The house itself is small ,but the maple view, garden view are extremely beautiful. I am glad I came here. Recommend to... More 

Thank hweeying
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Besides the overpriced entrance (2000JPY), place was overcrowded. Had to wait for almost 3.5(!) hours! First time I had this awful experience. You are supposed to see beautiful colors during autumn but it was not something that special. Be prepared for super long wait!

1 Thank alexgordons
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

It opens in 2 particular periods, Spring and Autumn only, as it has a very beautiful nature scene. We visited in Nov 2015 for the red leave scene. No doubt that the magnificent scene became even better when we saw through the wooden windows, that's why this scene was so popular even we could find red leaves almost everywhere in... More 

Thank edmundduck
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015

Visited the temple for 2 times. From 2014, it only opened for November 15~30. The ticket price became 2000 yen. But, the scenery is attractive and impressed.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2014

Entrance was 2000JPY and its not worth it, although the fall colors are gorgeous and the building itself is impressive and interesting regardless.

2 Thank Mish_H50
Sanda, Japan
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

Ruriko-in is a very peaceful & beautiful place. It's about 50mins from central Kyoto, first catch the Keihan line & then change to the Eizan line. The temple is a 5min walk from the station, exit the station, cross the river and follow to the right. Autumn season is an amazing time to visit, the temple only opens during Autumn... More 

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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