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Kyoto in Early Summer

Magazine

ReleaseMay 7, 2019

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From early summer to mid-summer, you can see fine views of green leaves called “ao-momiji” here and there in Kyoto. Ao-momiji means maple leaves not yet turned red. Why not enjoy visiting Kyoto, dressed in green, during this season?
■Northern Area
Sanzen-in Temple
Sanzen-in is a temple nestled in the abundant natural surroundings of Ohara and has a 1,200-year history. It is famous for hydrangeas and for colored autumn leaves, but also attractive in the season of fresh green leaves and ao-momiji maples. The moss garden is also worth seeing.
Renge-ji Temple
This temple has a beautiful garden. The approach from San-mon gate to Shoin (study hall) is covered with fresh greenery in early summer. A little away from the usual sightseeing routes, the temple is less crowded and quieter than in autumn, when colored leaves are beautiful.
■Central Area
Tadasu no Mori
A forest in the grounds of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine in a delta of the Kamo River and Takano River. In this large, primeval forest – about 120,000 square meters – some 40 kinds of trees which are 200-600 years old grow densely. Layers of green leaves spread above your head, and streams flowing through the forest create picturesque scenery. With fewer tourists, it is quiet and calm place.

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●Sky Hop Bus Kyoto
Sky Hop Bus, a popular sightseeing bus in Tokyo, appears in Kyoto! It is a two-storied rooftop bus and you can hop on and hop off at any bus stop of the route that tours Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other major sightseeing spots in Kyoto. Audio guidance is available in seven languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, and German). 1-day pass (24-hour pass): 3,500 yen (adult)
https://skyhopbus.com/kyoto/j