Gorgeous Coloured Maple Leaves Decorate Joujakkouji Temple, Oku-Saga, Kyoto

Joujakkouji Temple is located in the middle of Ogurayama Mountain in Saga area, Kyoto. The temple has been surrounded by beautiful leaves, which becomes even more beautiful in autumn by coloured leaves. You’ll love it!

Gorgeous Coloured Maple Leaves Decorate Joujakkouji Temple, Oku-Saga, Kyoto

Joujakkouji Temple is located in the middle of Ogurayama Mountain in Saga area, Kyoto. The temple has been surrounded by beautiful leaves, which becomes even more beautiful in autumn by coloured leaves. You’ll love it!

Hi everyone! I will introduce you Joujakkouji Temple in Saga area which is less-known secret spot to see tremendously beautiful autumn view. The address of the temple is as follows: 3 Ogura-cho, Ogurayama, Saga Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City.

Unfortunately, it was warm autumn in 2015, that means it isn’t a good year for leaves. Some maple leaves dried up before changing their colour. However, Joujakkouji Temple has wonderful coloured leaves in its premise in this year.

Generally, leaves in Joujakkouji change their colours in late autumn, so you will enjoy the coloured leaves even in December.

What Is Joujakkouji Temple?

As I mentioned above, Joujakkouji Temple is in the midle of Ogurayama Mountain in Oku-Saga, Kyoto which has over 400 years of history.

“Joujakkouji” in Kanji (Japanese character) means “the lit temple in solitude at all times.” It sounds a bit sad...but in Buddhist terminology, it means “the Pure Land where Buddha lives and which is absolute truth, there’s no foul passion, and it is eternally covered the light of ultimate prajna.”

Walk Into The Premise

Here is Sueyoshisaka Slope. Beautifully combined coloured leaves and moss.

The path to Nioumon (The Deva Gate).

Nioumon And Coloured Leaves

The gate opens at 9am, so I was waiting in line...but I couldn’t take any pictures from top of the stone stairway...it was because there were so many people… No wonder I wasn’t the only one to come seeing the leaves…it is breathtakingly beautiful.

Again, 2015 is not a good year for coloured leaves due to the weather and temparature, but still, Joujakkouji Temple has fantastic autumn view. It may be lighter colour than usual, but it even makes brilliant contrast of colour.

The Bell Tower And Leaves

The bell Tower is surrounded by coloured maple leaves. The ground is covered up with beautiful yellow of ginkgo (as known as maidenhair tree) leaves.

The Main Hall And Leaves

The main hall was under repair, so I didn’t take much pictures of the main hall and leaves together...but look how beautiful the leaves are!

Myoken Large Bodhisattva, Coloured Leaves, And Bamboos

Tahoto Pagoda And Leaves

Tahoto Pagoda was built in 1620 and has been registered as the national treasure. Leaves perfectly match with the pagoda...don’t you think?

What a beautiful day!

The pictures below are from the pagoda. Beautiful red pagoda and leaves and blue sky...you can see Kyoto City in far.

I came back to Nioumon.

Sun showed up for a while after I entered into the temple, that makes the temple look a bit different...

Beautiful sky and gorgeous red coloured leaves… The perfection of natural beauty.

Shiny maple leaves in red!

What do you think of the temple and its view? The temple has different look in every season, but the burning red maple leaves add an extra touch in Joujakkouji Temple in autumn. Joujakkouji Temple is a marvelous hidden gem in Kyoto! Please visit this wonderful temple in autumn while you visit Kyoto!

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Written by KOKORO MOYOU

Kyoto is the best for me, I believe Kyoto has all things of this world. I live in Kyoto, so I'll introduce a number of local information like shrines, temples, Teien(Japanese traditional gardens), Kouyou(autumn leaves), beautiful scenery of four seasons and Kyoto gourmet and so on...

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