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Autumn Leaves at Bishamon-do Temple in Yamashina, Kyoto

This video, titled "Beautiful Autumn Leaves at Yamashina's Bishamon-do Temple" (山科 毘沙門堂の敷きもみじ), was produced by "Lively Kyoto." It's a video introducing Bishamon-do Temple’s beautiful autumn scenery, especially the carpet of autumn leaves covering the stone steps in front of Bishamon-do Temple's Chokushi-mon gate in Yamashina, Kyoto.

Of Japan's famous places to view the beautiful autumn foliage, Kyoto is one that towers above the rest; however, recently Bishamon-do Temple's autumn scenery has become quite popular.
In this article, we'll introduce the history of Bishamon-do Temple, referred to as one of the "Three Sacred Sites of Bishamonten," as well as go over some tourist information for the area.
The video introduces the scenery of Bishamon-do Temple, located on the mountainside of Yamashina basin, and its beautiful autumn leaves.
After watching the video, you'll be happy you did, as there's not many places where you can see such beautiful scenery!

Yamashina’s Bishamon-do Temple

Image of cherry blossoms at Bishamon-do, Kyoto
Photo:Cherry blossoms at Bishamon-do, Kyoto

The nearest stations to Bishamon-do Temple are Yamashina Station, one stop from Kyoto on the JR line, Yamashina Station on the municipal subway line, and Keihan Yamashina Station, which is about a 15-minute walk from Yamashina Station.
Access to Bishamon-do Temple is a 15-minute walk from Yamashina Station.
There is a parking lot available as well, so if you're coming by car, there's no need to worry about parking.

Bishamon-do Temple was built in 703 by the monk Gyoki, who was appointed by Emperor Monmu as the head priest.
Bishamon, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, is enshrined as the principal deity.
It is a famous spot in Kyoto known not only for the autumn foliage in the fall but also for the beautiful cherry blossoms and weeping cherry trees in spring.

In the precincts of Bishamon-do Temple, besides the main hall, there's Nio-mon gate, Chokushi-mon gate, "Bansuien Garden" (晩翠園), Shinden Hall, Reiden Hall, Kodai Benzaiten, Ichinotorii, Ichimonji Chouzubachi, the Monseki monument, and the moving fusuma-e (paintings done on screen partitions), many of which are designated as tangible cultural properties of Kyoto City.

The Beautiful Autumn Leaves at Bishamon-do Temple

Image of autumn illumination at Bishamon-do, Kyoto
Photo:Autumn illumination at Bishamon-do, Kyoto

The scenery of Chokushizaka (Chokushi slope) in front of Chokushi-mon gate at Bishamon-do Temple is known as "The Carpet of Autumn Leaves."
In the late fall, the fallen red leaves pile up like a carpet, and many tourists come to see the beautiful scenery.
It's also called the "Tunnel of Autumn Leaves." You can see the carpet of autumn leaves at 1:02 in the video.

As you can see in the video, there are many other places to enjoy autumn leaves around Bishamon-do Temple.
Also, in November, when the leaves are in full bloom, the "Autumn Leaves Festival" and nighttime illuminations of the autumn leaves take place, bringing many visitors to the temple.
The scenery of colored maple leaves around Benzaiten-do and kaiyushiki garden (a strolling pond garden) await your arrival!

Summary of Autumn Leaves at Bishamon-do Temple

The video introduces Bishamon-do Temple in late fall when the autumn leaves are at their most beautiful.
It also shows the beautiful carpet of autumn leaves and the scenery of the precincts covered in bright red, so if you wish to enjoy the autumn leaves of Bishamon-do Temple, be sure to check it out!

At Bishamon-do Temple, there's also red ink temple stamps for each season, so don’t forget to bring your temple stamp book!
They also sell charms at the temple which bring good luck.
Around Yamashina Station, the nearest station to Bishamon-do Temple, there are many restaurants, so you can enjoy lunch after viewing the beautiful scenery.

In this article, we introduced the autumn leaves of Bishamon-do Temple in Yamashina, Kyoto.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the beautiful autumnal foliage at one of Japan's historical temples!

◆Bishamon-do Temple General Information◆
【Address】18 Anshu Inariyama-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto, ZIP 607-8003
【Access】A 15-minute walk from Kyoto City Subway Yamashina Station (there are no buses to the facility, so please walk or take a taxi).
【Admission fee】Access to the temple grounds is free. To enter the main temple it's 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for high school students, and 300 yen for elementary school students (as of July 2020).
【Hours】8:30 - 16:30
【Average time spent here】Appx. 30 minutes to 1 hour.
【Telephone No】075-581-0328

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