Ohara Area, Kyoto
Ohara is a major stomping ground for Japanese 'aki-front' followers; when the nation gets bored of pining for cherry blossoms and instead glues its eyes to NHK for the first news reports of Kyoto's maple leaves turning autumn red.
I was utterly fascinated by these little rock statues and faces nestled within the moss of the Sanzen-in gardens. They look like little gnomes, but could very well have a more spiritual significance.
You can see more of these statues in My Rock Statues in Sanzen-in Gardens Page
This is a temple in Ohara famous for its beautiful moss gardens and autumn foliage. A very nice and tranquil place to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery of its two beautiful gardens called Juhekien and Yuseien
The Sanzen-in's Ojo-Goguraku-in (Amida Hall), which means Temple of Rebirth in Paradise, was first built in 985 by the Tendai priest Genshin. It enshrines a statue of Amida with two kneeling attendants, Kannon and Seishi. This main building of Sanzen-in is also famous for its Funazoko, or boat's bottom ceiling which makes visitors feel that they are in an upside down boat.
Ohara is a northern suburb of Kyoto and still retains an atmosphere of old-time Japan. Famous for its Sanzen-in Temple as well as its Oharame girls, Ohara is a great place to visit, just to chill out from the crowds and traffic.
After a tired but great day spent walking from temple to temple and exploring the small town of Ohara, a relaxing way to unwind is to soak in an onsen, and Ohara has some good ones. Check out my Accomodation page for my recommendation for a place to stay in Ohara
To get to Ohara, take Kyoto Bus #17 or #18 from JR Kyoto Station (platform C2, about 1 hour), and get off at Ohara Stop.
Quiet farming town in the mountain area near Kyoto, it is home to two important Buddhist temples: Jakko-in and Sanzen-in.
From here It is possible to hike all the way to the Enryaku-ji temple complex through a path in the mountains between Kyoto and Shiga prefectures.
To reach Ohara, take bus No. 17 or 18 from Kyoto station.