Enkoji Temple: The Best Hidden Temple in Kyoto
Enkoji Temple is one of the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Kyoto
Yes, autumn leaves fever is landing in Japan very soon! Kyoto is probably the busiest tourist destination during autumn time as everyone is keen to see the spectacular view of temples and red hot autumn leaves to feel “Japanese autumn”. Although you will be impressed by the beautiful city, Kyoto once visiting, you may be annoyed by the fact that numerous numbers of tourists visit Kyoto everyday especially this season and it’s almost impossible to find quiet places. If you are an eager photographer, I know how you feel in crowds.
Let me introduce one of the temples in Kyoto which is not hugely known like other famous ones, yet as beautiful as them. Enkouji Temple (圓光寺) is located in outskirts of Kyoto city and it’s a truly best hidden gem for this autumn.
The temple was founded in 1601 by the Edo period Shogunate Ieyasu Tokugawa and it was originally opened for the use of a public school.
Enkoji Temple has a beautiful zen garden with a pond and is enjoyable all year around but the best time to visit is for the splendid view of autumn foliage which can be viewed from the main hall of the temple. The temple site also has a praise-worthy stone garden and a stunning bamboo path.
If you are keen to discover new sights in Kyoto, I highly recommend to visit this temple in this autumn. Not only because it’s not extremely popular but it’s totally worth to visit and it gives you peace and quiet for a while.
Address: 13, Ichijojikotani-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city,
Nearest Station: 15 minutes walk from Ichijoji station(Eizan line)
Hours: 09:00 to 17:00
Fee: 500 JPY
Best time to visit: mid November to early December
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