Said to have been created by Prince Shotoku in the year 605, "Kyorinbo Temple" got its name from being a place of teaching ("kyo") surrounded by forest ("rin").
The gardens that spread across its grounds are said to be the work of Enshu Kobori. The breathtaking Momoyama period (1573 - 1603) garden, with its bold succession of mossy boulders, combines with the thatched Study building (early Edo period (1603 - 1868) and a city designated cultural asset) to create a tucked-away tribute to the Japanese aesthetic of old.
Furthermore, in late fall the leaves on the 200 trees filling the expansive temple grounds all turn a brilliant red, striking a delightful contrast with the bamboo groves that in turn surround them.
Illumination of the fall leaves takes place between the middle of November and early December every year.
|Address||1145 Ishidera, Azuchi-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga|
|Opening Hours||9:30 - 16:30
November 1 - December 15: Admission for viewing is possible every day for a special fall exhibition.
Only possible at weekends and on holidays outside of this period.
On other days, groups of 20 or more may be able to negotiate entry.
JR Biwako Line Azuchi Station 10 min. by taxi (car)
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