*November 10 is discontinued.
In Spring and Autumn, there are several temples which you can enjoy beautiful night light up in Kyoto, among them the exotic light illusion at Shoren-in Temple" is outstanding!!
The best season must be at around the end of November for the full Autumn colors like the picture below, but October also would be nice in the comfortable Autumn breeze. Enjoy the solemn, but romantic light world...
Shoren-in temple is one of the five Monzeki temples, meaning the head priests originally belonged to the imperial family. So the look of the temple is solemn and peaceful like Imperial Palace...
This temple is very famous for its breathtaking night light up show of the garden.
Shorenin temple is dedicated to the Shijoko Nyorai (Buddha).
The Shijoko Nyorai signifies Light itself, and Fudomyo-o, one of his embodiments, is followed by fire. Thus, particularly light is regarded as being divine.
So these show is intended to recreate the graceful and elegant image of the temple itself which at times served as a seat of emperor.
Especially, you would be amazed the circular pond is to be magnificently lit up!!
(Day session) 9am to 5pm (entry accepted until 4:30pm)
(Night session) 6pm to 10pm(entry accepted until 9:30pm)
Adults - 800yen (for night session)
* In the day time you can be offered Matcha green tea at the temple if you pay extra 500yen.
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