This Buddhist temple of the Tendai Sect is located in the northern part of Kyoto. It’s one of the most amazing places around Kyoto when comes the peak of the fall season. Indeed, its garden, designed by Ishikawa Jozan is small, but it is incredibly beautiful with autumn leaves covering the moss around.
Zuishin-in is a quiet temple slightly removed from the city center. Located in Yamashina, we go to visit it when we go to the nearby large and famous Daigo-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is quiet and a pleasure to visit. Best time is in March and Fall.
As usual, the Tenryu-ji temple’s garden in Arashiyama is wonderful. This is true at all seasons, but particularly so during the Kôyô season, the fall foliage. The colors are starting to change and the intensity of the red and orange show a nice contrast to the background mountain.
The Heian Jingu Shrine garden, in Winter
We went to the shrine to see how the Japanese people welcome the new year. This place, being one of the major Shinto shrines in town, there were, of course, a lot of people. The garden, on the other hand, was almost empty.