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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fall Colors in Kyoto

Tenryuji Temple Kyoto京都の紅葉

Kyoto's famed fall colors are now out in all their glory.

Over the three-day weekend, we took in the maples at Tenryuji in Arashiyama.

The area was packed with tourists; however, walking was pleasant since the main (only) street was closed to cars, buses, and scooters. Only pedestrians--lots of pedestrians--and the occasional cyclist was on the road.

We spent time wandering around the pond and the exterior of the main hall--both of which are free and open to the public.

Best of all was the contrast of a mobster's car parked in front of a beautiful maple. The man had all the usual accoutrements of a yakuza: sleek designer shades; recently lit cigarette; a manny bag; tight designer jeans; and a well-built woman on his arm with big hair and a tiny mini-skirt. And he appeared to have no interest whatsoever in the gardens around him.

Tenryuji Temple KyotoTenryuji Temple

Two minutes from the Keifuku Line's Arashiyama Station.
Or take a city bus to "Keifukuarashiyama." A 7-8 minute walk from JR Saga Station.
Tel: 075-881-1235
68 Susukinobaba-cho, Tenryuji, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto.

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fee : 500 yen

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