Autumn in Maruyama Park, Kyoto
Each time we were going to downtown Kyoto in the Gion district, we would go to the area famous for its typical Kyoto houses, shops and streets...We always saw this other temple (Yasaka Shrine) from afar at the end of the main road and we did not know that behind there was Maruyama Park.
This park is big and very enjoyable to walk through. There is even a nice tea shop with tables outside to make a break and have a green sencha tea with a Japanese sweet or a regular drink under the sunshine. Small pond, creek, waterfall, pathways, lots of benches make this park a favorite spot for many residents of Kyoto. And as is the case for many parks, it is full a different trees that flower at different seasons. We did not cover yet all what is to see, so we will go back in spring to discover a bit more and see it under a different season.
It was the end of autumn 2020 when we went there for the first time but it was still very beautiful... the day was sunny and some girls were even wearing traditional kimonos.
Maruyama Park (円山公園, Maruyama kōen) is a park in Kyoto, Japan. It is noted as the main center for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, and can get extremely crowded at that time of year (April). The park's star attraction is a weeping cherry tree (shidarezakura) which becomes lit up at night. It also becomes busy in the New Year's Eve Festivals.
The main entrance to the park is through Yasaka Shrine, which sits at the eastern end of Shijō Street in the Gion District. Directly to the north (and abutting the park) is the vast temple of Chion-in, followed by the smaller temple of Shōren-in. The park is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty.
© PHOTOS BY JC DUMONT