Autumn Leaves at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine "Tadasu-no-Mori Forest"

In Kyoto this autumn, the autumn leaves change color so quickly that the best time to see them has ended in no time.

In this "Kyoto Chishin" Kyoto columns, we introduced spots for autumn leaves in late autumn under the theme of "A little-known place where you can still enjoy".

​You can still enjoy the autumn leaves of "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)", which spreads out on the approach to "Tadasu-no-Mori Forest".

​Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Tadasu-no-Mori Forest are both registered as world heritages and are famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

​But it may not be known that the best time to see autumn leaves is early December, which is rather late in Kyoto.

​The trees that surround the vast forest of about 120,000 square meters seem to be colored a little red or yellow this autumn too.

​It's nice to be able to walk slowly in the forest full of mysterious and clean air.

糺の森_リサイズ2.jpg​Some trees are red, such as a maple tree at the foot of "Semi no Ogawa creek" on "Akehashi bridge".

​It is said that the whole area of Semi no Ogawa creek has been famous for autumn leaves since Heian period.

​It is said that crossing Semi no Ogawa creek before visiting the shrine was a purification ceremony at that time.

​"Akehashi bridge" is said to be named after exorcism, purification, and cleansing.


​Also, at "Kyu Mitsui-ke Shimogamo Bettei (Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa" which stands to the south of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, a special autumn exhibition is being held.

​It is a modern architecture that was completed as a villa of a wealthy merchant "Former Mitsui Family" in the Taisho period and is a national important cultural property.

​During the period, in addition to the garden and the first floor of the main building which are usually open to the public, the Boro on the second and third floors which are not usually open to the public are also specially open to the public.

​It is held until Tuesday, December 15 (Closed on Wednesdays), and reservation is required only for the 3rd floor tour.

​On the 2nd floor, there is a full-size exhibition of huge scrolls (replica) by Jakuchu Ito, an artist from the Edo period.

​If you look at the moss garden with colored leaves from the window of Taisho glass, you may feel like a wealthy merchant.

​Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)
​59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City
​A short walk from the City bus stop, Shimogamo-jinja Mae

​Tadasu-no-Mori Forest
​59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho , Sakyo Ward , Kyoto City (Shimogamo-jinja Shrine Sando apprpach)
​Get off at the City bus stop, Shimogamo-jinja Mae, or Tadasu-no-Mori, and walk for 3 minutes

​Kyu Mitsui-ke Shimogamo Bettei (Former Shimogamo villa of Mitsui family)
​58-2 Shimogamo Miyagawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
​Get off at the City bus stop, Aoibashi-Nishizume, and walk for 5 minutes

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