Leaving the premises of Nison-in Temple, I find that it is only a few-minutes stroll through the forest to reach Jojakkoji (常寂光寺), the third and last temple this afternoon on my autumn stroll through the Sagano district of western Kyoto, Japan. Built on the slope of a hill, Jojakkoji was founded in 1596. With small, attractive buildings and gates, the temple has a quiet and understated atmosphere. Maple trees and moss are located just beside the paths and stairs that traverse the temple grounds.
Gear used for this set of photos:
- Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens (images marked )
- iPhone 5 (images marked )
Entering the forest outside Nisonin Temple, I come across this interesting shop that is surrounded by splendid autumn colors .
A few minutes later I reach Jojakkoji Temple, and walk towards the thatched Niomon Gate, which dates back to the 14th century .
Behind the gate, a flat flight of stairs leads uphill to the right , …
…, whereas a steeper stairway climbs straight to the main premises .
Beautiful foliage abounds outside the Main Hall , …
…, as well as around Jojakkoji’s belfry .
Fallen leaves find a rest underneath the trees , …
…, or in a water basin .
Visitors know how to perfectly dress for the occasion .
As dusk is setting in, it is soon time to leave the temple, and descend to the streets of Sagano again .