Apr/15 - Jun/30, 2019 Spring Special Viewing of the Rurikoin Temple 3.9
from 4/15 '19 to 6/30 '19
Rurikoin Temple is the quiet temple situated in Yase, at the foot of Mount Hiei in Kyoto. Yase is located northeast of the downtown, about 1 hour away from Kyoto Station.
Rurikoin Temple used to not open to the public, but now is exhibited only twice a year, in spring and autumn.
The temple has three differrent types of Japanese-style Gardens such as Ruri-no-niwa, the tea house called Kiraku-tei, and Japanese style steam bath.
Rurikoin Temple is famous for its scenic beauty of maple leaves, planted hundreds maple trees in the temple. Especially, green new leaves in spring and red and yellow leaves in autumn are breathtaking. In spring, the green outside reflected on the floor is beautiful.
Address: 55, Kamitakanohigashiyama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Dates: April 15 (Mon) - June 30 (Sun)
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Admission: 2,000 yen
Access: From Demachi-yanagi Station,get on Eizan Electric Railway(for Yase-Hieizanguchi) to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station.It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station. From Kokusaikaikan Station,get on Kyoto Bus(for Ohara,Kodeishi) to Yaseekimae.It takes 7 minutes on foot from the bus stop.
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
Airport/Sta.Yase-hieizanguchi sta. (about 200m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.04 months ago
Small but really beautiful traditional building/temple in the woods. There’s usually a line in the fall season but we went on a rainy day and there was no wait to get in. The views were still spectacular. Price was a bit steep (2000 yen for adults) but worth it for the pretty foliage pictures.
5.0a month ago
The crown jewel of Kyoto maple, long distant ,expense ,but worthy. See it with your eye, your heart and then, your imagination.
1.05 months ago
Overrated, overpriced, overcrowded. Be prepared to wait 1 hour from the time your ticket is bought. You will be assigned a time from when ticket is purchased. Usually an hour. There is about 1/8th quantity of things to see and do within the temple itself, compared to all the other temples I have visited in Kyoto (seen 7 other temples so far). And it costs ¥2000, about double to triple the amount of other much easier to reach temples within Kyoto. Save your money, time and effort and go to the many other temples in the city.
4.04 months ago
The location of this place is a pleasant short walk from the Yase- Hieizanguchi station. It’s very crowded during red leaves viewing period. The temple has a crowd control system —
The ticket booth is a short distance away from the temple. Upon arrival you will have to queue for buying ticket to enter at a specific time, it would mean a two hours wait. In the mean time you are invited to visit a gallery nearby. When the time stated on your ticket is near, you will have to join a queue to entre the temple. Anyway, once inside, it’s worth it. By the way, avoid weekends and public holidays if you can.
5.011 months ago
Absolutely beautiful! I wish I could come during autumn to see maple leaf turning red. Tiny temple and quite crowded inside. It’s a pity that we couldn’t just chill and enjoy the garden view longer - I guess it’s all the same for the scenic spots in Kyoto! Still, highly recommended!