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Jōjakkō-ji
常寂光寺

Jōjakkō-ji is a Nichiren branch Buddhist temple located along a path leading from Tenryū-ji in the South to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji in the north. It was established in the late sixteenth century, and today is perhaps best known for its autumn colors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Jōjakkō-ji is perhaps the most-visited temple in the Arashiyama-Saga area during autumn season (and explains why I have not yet shot any serious photos there).
After the entrance, a gate standing amidst a forest leads into the temple. Steps lead up the main hall, behind of which a small wet landscape garden is. Further up, a pagoda stands from which one can enjoy a panoramic view over Kyōto with Mt. Hiei in the background. Passing along several graves, visitors return to the entrance gate. This temple is worth a visit in the summer months, if only there would be less people in autumn… :)

Admission: open year-round
Nearby places of interest: Bamboo Grove, Ōkōchi Sansō, Nison-in

A snowy morning at Jōjakkō-ji.

A snowy morning at Jōjakkō-ji.

Spring 春
Summer 夏
Autumn 秋
Winter 冬
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