All about a beautiful path in Kyoto with cherry trees along canal like a stream from Lake Biwa. You can enjoy Japanese great landscape when walking on the path called "Philosopher's Walk".


【2005.12.20 Tuesday 】 author : スポンサードリンク
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Light up starts at Nov 8th at Eikando temple

It is how Eikando looks like this morning. We have to wait for Japanese maple trees beautifully colored.
Why do they put signs and lots of paling? It ruins an atomosphere.
I know there will be a big perpetual tumult till light up ends, so there is no way for them but to warn illegal parking by visitors.

I don't what to say "light up" in English though I look up a dictionary. "Light up" means they illuminate temples and gardens at night. It is maybe like a Christmas illumination in Western countries.

"Light up" is from 5:30 to 9 o'clock.
I really insist on your making a riservation for dinner in another area because the place around Eikando temple has few stores and restaurants and NO convenience store. You will be very hungry if you visit there without having dinner.

Eikando-temple illuminates Japanese maple trees in their garden by lots of lights already colored red and yellow. Maybe it is for visitors who come Eikando much earlier of the right seasons but it is kind of artificial.

There is no parking lot so don't visit by car.
Best way to go is to walk from Keage subway station. It takes 30 minutes through Nanzenji temple.

If I were you, I don't visit Eikando temple at night because Eikando temple illuminated at night will be overflowing with people and people.

I've been to several temples to see their illuminations at night and comparing with them, I recommend you to visit some other ones at night. I guess Eikando temple is the one you can enjoy much better before sun sets.
【2004.11.06 Saturday 19:55】 author : walking
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Eikando-temple in early summer ★★★
This photo was taken in May of 2000.
Now in March, You won’t find Eikando-temple magnificent because it is surrounded by thousands of artistic Japanese maple trees and all those Japanese maple trees are like old dead trees till spring comes.
Eikando is famous for Japanese maple trees and “Mikaeri kan-non“
The Japanese word “Mikaeri” means looking back. Kan-non is one of the objects that Buddhist worship.
The best time to visit Eikando-temple is early summer and fall, because Japanese maple trees get splendid beyond description. I’ve put several pictures in photo album. If you have some interest, please take a look.

Here is an interesting story about “Mikaeri Amida.”
One day, when Eikan, the monk was praying as usual in the morning in the main temple in front of Amida, the symbol of Buddha is suddenly descending from the top and ordered him to follow. At first, Eikan was walking behind him, but in no time, he started to think it should be his dream and made his steps slow. Just about when he stopped, Amida looked back, saying accusingly “You are too slow to follow ,Eikan.” That’s why the face of kan-non isn’t straight.
It is very unusual pose for Amida.
【2004.03.15 Monday 19:00】 author : walking
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