Terrace Ablaze with Maple Leaves in Autumn RainNight Visits at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, from November 1413 November 2015 - Sightseeing/Events
Prior to its special autumn night opening, a test lighting of the illumination was held on the evening of November 13, at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a world heritage site, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. The soft lighting added color to the maple leaves that have just begun to turn red. "Kiyomizu no Butai," or the temple's terrace, stood out against the darkness in the precincts amid the continuing drizzle.
The temple holds special night visits in conjunction with the autumnal foliage season and this year is its 23rd opening. There are approximately 1,000 maple trees in the precincts and about 500 lights illuminate the main hall, a national treasure, and other sights.
When the lights were turned on, the trees were brilliantly illuminated, increasing the gorgeous scenery. Invited guests with umbrellas at hand admiringly gazed at the view, fully enjoying Kyoto in the deepening autumn. According to the temple, "This year the leaves have begun to turn red earlier than usual. They will be at their finest from next weekend."
Reception is open for night visits between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. from November 14 to December 6. There is an admission fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)