Late Oct
Mid Dec

Kodai-ji Autumn Illumination 2024

Light up at Fall brings new life to an iconic temple

Venue: Kodaiji When: Late Oct - Mid Dec 2024

Formally known as Kodaijusho-zenji Temple and located in the Higashiyama Mountains of eastern Kyoto, Kodai-ji Temple was established in 1605 by a woman named Kita-no-Mandokoro to honor the memory of her late husband, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Kodai-ji was struck by a series of fires after 1789 but fortunately the original buildings of Otama-ya, Kaisan-do, Kangetsu-dai, Kasa-tei and Shigure-tei survived the fire and are in excellent state of preservation. They have all been designated as "Important Cultural Properties" by the Japanese Government.

Every Spring, Summer and Fall Kodai-ji is open until 9:30 PM to showcase their garden set up with lights. In early November the fall season begins and leaves are turning to shades of yellow, red and orange. Entrance is ¥600.

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Kim 3 years ago
I especially love the second photo! Really beautiful.
Olga 9 years ago
That is fantastic indeed! I also made some photos on Iphone but not as good as yours
Yui Yamaguchi 9 years ago
Is there any reason they decorated umbrellas in karesansui garden?
Hannah Sy Author 9 years ago
I don't know the reason behind the umbrellas but I think they change the decorations in the garden every year. So maybe their theme this year is umbrellas since umbrellas are also scattered around the bamboo forest.
Anonymous 9 years ago
That looks like an incredibly cool place to visit. Great shots of the bamboo forest :)
Cathy Cawood 9 years ago
Beautiful photos, Hannah! I es@ecially loved the second photo. Light-ups always look fabulous in the rain!

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