Ruriko-in Temple resembles a painted autumnal mural more than it does a real-life forest in Kyoto—the fall colors are unbelievable! This photo spot is quietly nestled in the mountains, just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit and experience the zen-like atmosphere as you snap a picture of the harmonious shades of green, yellow, orange, and red.
10 AM - 5 PM
2,000 yen (USD 14)
Wide-angle lens (24mm)
Books or music (in case the wait is too long)
How to get there
N35° 03' 48.0636"E135° 48' 31.7844"
This image was taken inside the Ruriko-in Temple in Kyoto. As they do not have a parking lot, the temple advises against driving here.
According to the temple's website (https://rurikoin.komyoji.com), you can take "Demachi-yanagi Station, and get on Eizan Electric Railway to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station. It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station.
From "Kokusaikaikan Station, get on Kyoto Bus (for Ohara, Kodeishi) to Yaseekimae. It takes 7 minutes on foot from the bus stop to reach the destination.
Once you get off public transport, you will need to cross the Takanogawa wooden bridge and follow the road to the right. You will see some signs toward the temple along the way. Reference the GPS coordinates to find this interior view of the forest.
Keep in mind that Ruriko-in Temple is only open on certain days in spring and fall, so make sure to check beforehand.
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