This spider lily (cluster amaryllis) is called “Equinox Flower” as alias.
They bloom all at once in countryside of Japan around the autumnal equinox.
And this is the moment that we as a Japanese feel autumn has come.
Here is the northernmost part of Kyoto city.
(Sorry, it is a very difficult remote region for tourists to visit.)
This beautiful purple chrysanthemum, which was named “Kitayama Yuzen Kiku”, is a native species in this area and is now protected and brought up like this. And it is best time to see from late July to August.
Where the pictures were shot.
Term: Aug 17, 2018 - Sep 02, 2018
Hours: 18:30 – 22:00 (Last Entry 21:30)
*Hours may change depending on the venue conditions.
Admission Fee: Mon – Fri JPY 1,000
Sat – Sun JPY 1,200
*Elementary school students and younger are free. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 20 years or older.
*Entrance is located alongside of Mikage Dori, on the south side of Tadasu no Mori.
Official site 2018
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - Yotsudaiko
Rokusai Nenbutsu - GionAyakasahoko Hayashi
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - Shishimai1
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - Shishimai2
The acrobatic scenes.
Some of the performances are rather acrobatic and especially the battle scene of "Spider-devil" and "Shishi" (a mythical beast as imaged the lion) being used the gimmick of spider's thread is very exciting.
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - The battle scene with Spider devil.
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - Shishimai3
Rokusai Nenbutsu at Mibudera - Shishimai4
Senbon Enmado (Injo-ji Temple)
How beautiful this cobblestone is! This walk pass leads to Otani Hombyo. Moreover under this there is a pond where lotus is blooming. And you will see a wonderful eyeglasses shaped bridge is crossing over.
Very close to Kiyomizudera Temple
This place is very close to Kiyomizudera Temple where the most of Kyoto visitors coming to. So be careful as some people wrongly visit here instead of Kiyomizudera Temple. But in that case you may be lucky because you have gotten such a nice local spot.
Otani Hombyo is the mausoleum.
It dedicated to Shinran Shonin (1173-1263), the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition. This mausoleum is also the beginning of Hongawanji which is the headquarters of the Jodo Shinshu Hongawanji-ha Buddhist school.
And behind here, on the hill, the largest graveyard in Kyoto that has called “Toribeno” since ancient times spread.
If you have experienced a hot summer in Japan, you will remember this noisy cicada. So this sound essential in the summer of Japan. Especially this sound belongs to Black cicadas that can listen in western Japan including Kyoto.
They hide in the bark like Ninja.
But will be exposed immediately as crowing.
In Kyoto city, there is a famous temple for lotus at the middle point to Arashiyama. Just get off at JR Hanazono station.
The pond in the precinct is covered with lotus leaves at this time like a jungle. There a lot of buds were found so the flowering is expectable from now. And it will continue till the beginning of August.