As October comes closer, we start to notice that the breeze is getting strong and the leaves around us are changing color. While I am saddened that summer is over, there are still several things to look forward to as the autumn season begins. In this blog post, I would like to share a few things I enjoy in the fall while living in Kyoto.
1,The Kyoto Imperial Palace Scenery
In my opinion, one of the best times to visit Kyoto Imperial Palace is during the autumn season. While the place itself is wondering all year around, the surrounding gardens change appearance depending on the season. There are several spots for viewing the foliage leaves which is a delight for anyone looking to relax.
2,Visiting Shokoku-ji Temple
As one of the five Rinzai temples in Kyoto, Shokoku-ji was constructed under the guidance of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The Dharma Hall or Hatto is one of the oldest standing halls in all of Japan. Having endured several fires that occurred during the Onin rebelion, the temple had been restored for historical and cultural preservation. The temple opens its doors to visitors only during the autumn season. The surrounding garden is also a must-see when visiting Shokoku-ji.
3,Momiji Viewing in Kyoto City.
For those who are in Kyoto, I think you might agree that we are fortunate to be living in a city filled with spectacular views of autumn foliage. Every year, I try to visit different temple or park to view the Momoji leaves. My favorite so far is To-ji Temple which is home to the largest standing Pagoda in Japan. The reflecting pond and surrounding gardens compliment the Pagoda perfectly .If you have other picture-perfect spots, please share them with me.
These are just a few things I enjoy during the autumn seasons. While I understand that we are in the midst of a pandemic, I still hope everyone enjoys the changing of the seasons. Please take full precautions when leaving the house for non-essential activities. Do you have any plans for the autumn season? If so, feel free to let us know in the comment box below or in one of our classes.
Thank you very much for reading, and I look forward to seeing you all in Knowgym!