Tiny Hippo heard tell that there is a wonderful temple in Kyoto called Kiyomizu-dera where one must go to truly appreciate the autumn leaves, he hopes he is not too late to see them!
He is in luck! The autumn colors are bright and ready for spectacular show!
He can hardly sit still, there is just so much to look at
Do you see how amazing these bright leaves are? Tiny Hippo wonders how they get so very red and wonders if his fur will ever change to such a fabulous red color
Tiny Hippo has invented a game where he must not step on any of the leaves, it is very slow going
There are many paths to explore around the temple
The ponds are very pretty, but swimming is frowned upon. It took all of Tiny Hippo’s willpower to keep from splashing about!
The views from the temple looking out over Kyoto are quite wonderful
Tiny Hippo had so much fun looking at all the pretty leaves that he lost track of time; the next thing he knew, it was dark out and all the trees were illuminated!
Alas, he was still not allowed to swim in the pond
The next stop on my tour of Japan is Koyasan!
Koyasan is a small temple town atop Mount Koya, it is the center of Shingon Buddhism.
Koyasan welcomes pilgrims and visitors alike.
This mountain top sanctuary is full of hidden gems just off the beaten trail. We found this building hidden at the end of an old path.
The giant cemetery of Koyasan is a mixture of old and new, this Buddha seemed fairly new…
while these stone lanterns seem to be disappearing into the mountain.
We were lucky enough to witness a chanting meditation taking place in the extremely cold river. It was an awe-inspiring experience. Onlookers joined in the chanting, I only wish that I had known the words.
Koyasan is a wonderful place where centuries of religious devotion can be witnessed and honored.
Particularly fine cedar trees are given number to record their history.