Kodaiji Temple Illumination Event
Kodaiji Temple was built by a nun named Nene to commemorate her husband, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537 – 1598) who once ruled Japan. This temple is beautifully colored by autumn leaves in this season. And it is also nice to see the fiery leaves lit up at night. October 25th – December 10th.
Fee: 600 yen/Adult 250 yen/Mid and High School Student
Open Hours: Sunset – 21:30
Shorenin Temple Illumination Event
Shorenin Temple had been run by a member of the imperial family or regents/advisers of the imperial family until the Meiji Era. Their principal worship object, Shijoko Nyorai is a symbol of light and thus this illumination event is regarded as something religious in this temple. The illumination here focuses on blue. October 25th – December 8th.
Fee: 800 yen/Adult 400 yen/Elem, Mid and High School Student
Open Hours: 18:00 – 21:30
This event includes: Art Gallery, Live Painting, Workshop and Craft Shops. This art event can be a good change after visiting several temples and shrines in a row. November 10th.
Open Hours: 10:00 – 16:00
Ikenobo Flower Arrangement Display
Ikenobo is the largest traditional flower arrangement group in Japan. This annual event displays about 1600 works created by the patriarch and disciples. This event is held at the Ikenobo headquarters and Takashimaya department store (7th floor). If planning to visit the headquarter building, be sure to check the temple next to it, called Rokkakudo. It is said that the Ikenobo group stareted at a pond in this temple. Takashimaya: November 13th – 18th. Ikenobo headquarter: November 15th – 18th.
Fee: 900 yen
Open Hours: Takashimaya 10:00 – 20:00 (10:00 – 18:00 on 14th, 16th and 18th) Ikenobo headquarter 9:00 – 17:00
Daikakuji Illumination Event
Daikakuji Temple was originally built as a villa for Emperor Sagano more than 1200 years ago. At this event, large premises including Osawa Pond is lit up. The illuminated buildings are reflected on the surface of the pond. This magical and fantastical view exists only here at this time of year. November 15th – December 8th.
Fee: 500 yen/Adult 250 yen/Child