Kyoto: Autumn colours and light up at Kodaiji Temple

After taking the boat down the river into Arashiyama we walked around the park a little, then headed back to Higashiyama to visit the light up at Kodaiji Temple.

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The boat dropped us off right by the park, the trees there seemed to be at their peak colours.

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We walked up through the park to get back to Arashiyama station and go to Kodaiji.

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We had to queue in a really long line just to get in, it moved pretty fast though and we were in within 30 minutes. It cost 600yen to enter the temple.

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There were some inside parts that were open, at first I said lets skip it as there didnt seem much and I couldnt be bothered taking my boots off, but when I got to the corner I ushered J back.

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After the first small building you follow the walk way to another larger building, and at the back is the zen garden.

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The lights kept turning on and off along in time to some music.

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The reflections of the leaves in the water were gorgeous.

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Following the route we were led into a bamboo area with paper umbrellas.

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So hard to capture the entire view and atmosphere in a photo.

I enjoyed Kodaiji more than Kiyomizu Dera, Kiyomizu has the epic view of the city and leaves that look like they are burning, but its just one view, Kodaiji has a lot more to see and it wasnt half as crowded.

This years colour report: http://www.japan-guide.com/blog/koyo14/
Kodaiji: http://www.kodaiji.com/index.html

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