Wandering Fresh Green Leaves in Kyoto 1【Nanzenji temple・Sinnyodo temple・Shimogamo shrine・Kamigamo shrine】

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Wandering fresh green leaves in Kyoto on May 5th, 2020.

I visited many fresh green leaves viewing points in the center of Kyoto with my bicycle.

I will introduce Nanzenji temple, Eikando temple, Honenin temple, Sinnyodo temple, Kamigamo shrine, a world heritage, Shimogamo shrine, a world heritage, Imamiya shrine and Daitokuji temple, Kenkun shrine and others.

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Nanzenji temple

  • Time:20 min〜
  • Cost:Free except Hojo building
  • Recommendation:90%
  • Comment:National treasure

No.1 on the map is Nanzenji temple.

It is the head temple of an important branch of Buddhism called Rinzaishu and famous for its historical buildings and beautiful Japanese gardens.

It’s also a famous cherry blossoms and autumn leaves viewing spot, one of the most popular park in Kyoto.

The Hojo building in the temple is a national treasure.

This is the Sanmon gate.

南禅寺

This photo was taken from the Sanmon gate.

南禅寺

This is the Hodo hall.

南禅寺

This is Suirokaku, the water bridge.

南禅寺

I took photos for about 20min.

An article about cherry blossoms in Zanzenji temple is available here:

Wandering Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto 5-1【Keage incline・Nanzenji temple・Philosophy road】

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Eikando temple

  • Time:30 min〜
  • Cost:600 yen
  • Recommendation:90%
  • Comment:Autumn leaves viewing spot

After Nanzenji temple, I went to Eikando temple at No.2 on the map.

It’s one of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spot in Kyoto.

It was closed because of the corona virus.

永観堂
永観堂
永観堂

I took photos for about 10min from outside of the temple.

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Honenin temple

  • Time:15 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:90%
  • Comment:Secret autumn leaves viewing spot

After Eikando temple, I went to Honenin temple at No.3 on the map.

It was founded in 1680.

It’s not popular, but very beautiful.

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法然院
法然院

I took photos for about 15min.

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Sinnyodo temple

  • Time:15 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:70%
  • Comment:Autumn leaves viewing spot

After Honenin temple, I went to Sinnyodo temple at No.4 on the map.

It’s famous for its beautiful autumn leaves.

真如堂
真如堂
真如堂

I took photos for about 15min.

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Shimogamo shrine

  • Time:30min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:80%
  • Comment:National treasures and a world heritage

After Sinnyodo temple, I went to Shimogamo shrine at No.5 on the map.

Its date of foundation is unknown, but it already existed more than 2000 years ago.

The East and West main hall are national treasures.

This is Tadasu-no-mori forest in Shimogami shrine.

下鴨神社
下鴨神社
下鴨神社

It is a big shrine so I went around with my bicycle and took photos for about 15 min.

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Kamigamo shrine

  • Time:20 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:80%
  • Comment:National treasures and a world heritage.

After Shimogamo shrine, I went to Kamimogamo shrine at No.6 on the map.

Its date of foundation is unknown, but it is said to be one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto.

Honden and Genden hall are national treasures.

This is Honden, a national treasure.

上賀茂神社
上賀茂神社
上賀茂神社

I took photos for about 15 min.

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Imamiya shrine

  • Time:10 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:70%
  • Comment:Shrine to marry into the purple

After Kamimogamo shrine, I went to Imamiya shrine at No.7 on the map.

It was founded about 1000 years ago and is called the shrine to marry into the purple.

It was not so big, but the atmosphere was good.

今宮神社
今宮神社
今宮神社

I took photos for about 10 min.

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Daitokuji temple

  • Time:15 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:80%
  • Comment:Related to Sen-no-rikyu

After Imamiya shrine, I went to Daitokuji temple at No.8 on the map.

It was founded about 700 years ago and is related to Sen-no-rikyu, a master of the tea ceremony.

There are 24 sub-temples in the temple, but it’s not allowed to go inside most of them.

Many of the sub-temples have beautiful Japanese gardens.

大徳寺
大徳寺
大徳寺
大徳寺

I took photos for about 5 min.

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Kenkun shrine

  • Time:20 min〜
  • Cost:Free
  • Recommendation:60%
  • Comment:Shrine on a small mountain

After Daitokuji temple, I went to Kenkun shrine at No.9 on the map.

It was founded by the emperor in 1869 and enshrines the famous samurai “Oda Nobunaga”.

It’s on the top of a small mountain and takes about 5 min to visit.

建勲神社
建勲神社

I took photos for about 20min.

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Summary

I took about 5 hours and 30 min to go from No.1 to No.9 on the map with my bicycle.

There are not so many train stations in the area, so it’s better to take the bicycle to see viewing spots more efficiently.

There are many rental bicycle shops in Kyoto.

This is a map marked with my recommendation spots in Kyoto.

If you click the mark, there is the link of blog article.

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