Kyoto Autumn 2013: Nanzenji

After lunch at Maruyama Koen , we continued on our mission to look for more beautiful autumn colors around Kyoto. Our next destination is Nanzenji.

Nanzenji is another famous temple in Kyoto and it was very crowded on that day as well. The grounds is, I think, much bigger than Tofukuji so the crowd are scattered.

I have been in Kyoto several times and would never find or would always missed visiting this temple. Yes, you can get easily get templed-out in Kyoto but one thing that I want to see here is not the temple but the aqueduct or as they call it (Sosui). This roman style waterway draws water from Lake Biwa and brings water in Keage in Higashiyama area of Kyoto. It’s no longer use but the structure is proudly standing there. A little bit out of place from the zen garden surrounding it but somehow it is where it should be.

The gate of Nanzenji. I am not sure if this is only for autumn, but they were allowing people to go all the way up. There was a very long line of people waiting that we decided not to go up.

Side view of the aqueduct.


Up close and personal of the Aqueduct.


Maple trees all around the temple ground.


A nearby private resident semi-opened their gate where you can get a good view of their garden.

Nanzenji, it seems is not that famous during Spring because there are not much Cherry blossom there , it is mostly Maple trees and others 🙂 but to see the aqueduct is definitely worth the trip.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. dragonlife says:

    Stunning colors!

    1. samokan says:

      It was very pretty indeed.

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