Hi there, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. When leaves turn red, big cities like Kyoto get busy, but you know what, we can still enjoy autumn leaves anywhere. Let me show you one of the autumn leaf spots in Soja City, Okayama Prefecture this time.
Autumn Leaf Spots in Soja City: Hofukuji Temple
You can access the temple directly by car but it gets busy at this time of the year. We actually did try but gave up on the way because of the long line-up of cars and I bumped our car into the rock when retreating! >o<). We parked somewhere else instead. So I suggest you take a free shuttle bus to the temple from Soja City Hall which is available during the light-up event period.
Alright, finally we made it here. Let’s go check the temple area first (inside the gate).
Autumn leaves in the temple are brightened up in silence. This area is admission-free by the way.
This picture below is reflection of the leaves on the pond. Without knowing I wouldn’t be able to tell which is real. The water surface was unbelievably calm and clear resulting to this mirror-effect. But I also could impossibly take a good photo to convince you. It looks life there’s another world down there.
Entrance for the temple takes 300 JPY. To be frank, I was a bit skeptical if this 300 yen would be worth. Turns out, it was breathtaking and we able to enjoy a small concert by piano and saxophone for 30 minutes. It was a very relaxing and cool moment.
While exploring the surrounding of the temple, I was wondering why the lights were too bright as you might have noticed in the previous photos. When I entered the temple, only then I found out that those lights were positioned as they are to have the best light up effect as you can see in the picture below from inside the temple.
How do you find it? Not bad right? I would like to share more places for autumn leaves another time. Well, it was very local but totally worth it. Worth…. a bump! (ToT)
NOTE: The autumn leaves light-up event at this template has already ended for this year.
See you around!