(Nov 7-19) Vibrant Red Leaves at Ankokuji Temple

Ankokuji is a Zen Buddhist temple with a known history dating back as far as 1345. It is part of the Haitoku-ji branch of the Rinzai School, one of the three Zen sects of Buddhism in Japan. The temple was burnt down in a large accidental fire in 1717 and the reconstruction is the temple we still see today.
The vibrant red leaves come from the Dodantsutsuji (or Enkainthus perulatus) trees which are native to Japan. The Dodantsutsuji trees were planted at the temple in 1904 when the main hall was reconstructed.

The red leaves can normally be seen during the middle of November. This year the temple is open for viewings from the 7th-19th of November. The leaves will change color from vibrant red to warm orange over the two weeks. Admission is 300 JPY per person and is open from 8am to 7pm.

For those look for accommodation in Tanto,
Silk Onsen Yamabiko is available nearby.  
Ankokuji temple is located in Tanto, Toyooka city in Hyogo Prefecture.
Tanto is about 50 minutes’ drive from Kinosaki Onsen. It is also possible to access Tanto by bus from JR Toyooka station.
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