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Autumn at Sagano, Kyoto, Japan [3]: Jojakkoji Temple

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 [1])
  • iPhone 5 (images marked [2])

Entering the forest outside Nisonin Temple, I come across this interesting shop that is surrounded by splendid autumn colors [1].
Shop outside Nisonin Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

A few minutes later I reach Jojakkoji Temple, and walk towards the thatched Niomon Gate, which dates back to the 14th century [1].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

Behind the gate, a flat flight of stairs leads uphill to the right [1], …
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

…, whereas a steeper stairway climbs straight to the main premises [2].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

Beautiful foliage abounds outside the Main Hall [1], …
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

…, as well as around Jojakkoji’s belfry [2].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

Fallen leaves find a rest underneath the trees [1], …
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

…, or in a water basin [1].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

Visitors know how to perfectly dress for the occasion [2].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

As dusk is setting in, it is soon time to leave the temple, and descend to the streets of Sagano again [1].
Autumn at Jojakkoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo

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