A praying statue stands at the gate of Kongorinji against glowing yellow maple leaves. The stretch of path that takes you from the gate facing the road to the pond garden is a lovely thing in autumn. The path runs between rough stone walls that are heavily coated with dark green moss. Red and yellow maple trees behind the stone wall look so beautiful it will take your breath away. But all this beauty is just the beginning! There is still the pond garden, the windmill ojizos, and the main hall and pagoda to come.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.