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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 18 Shugakuin Kaikonbocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8036, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-701-5181

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Wonderfully quiet - we had it all to ourselves

We have come here on our endless search for autumn colors. The temple grounds were very peaceful - full of evergreens, with some quite large momiji scattered about. Most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We have come here on our endless search for autumn colors. The temple grounds were very peaceful - full of evergreens, with some quite large momiji scattered about. Most importantly there were no other visitors. There was color, but mostly orange with few reds and it was well past peak when we visited the first week in December. At the... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited this temple around early November and were fascinated by the stunning colors of the autumn leaves. Definitely worth the not-so-long hike and wear comfy shoes if you wish to reach the northmost temple.

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Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I wanted to take a glance at Shugakuinrikyuu though I knew that I could not go inside as I did not have booking in advance. Only I could see was the entrance gate so I went to nearby Sekizan Zen-in. I found the big Torii gate but thought it should be an shrine and not a temple and went further... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

After a long walk through a Japanese neighborhood from the train, you pass through a giant tori gate guarding this temple. Several shrines and buildings are found here, being much bigger than I expected. There is a pretty koi pond on the edge of the forest and train ups to shrines in the woods. Very few visitors were here, no... 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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