Heirinji Temple Saitama – A Theme Park for Autumn Leaves Lovers
Heirinji is a temple in Saitama Prefecture and for me it is the best place to go see autumn leaves. To enter the temple, one must pay 500 yen which is relatively a bit more expensive than other temples and parks. This 500 yen though is definitely worth it. Heirinji means the temple of the peaceful woods in the Japanese language but during the peak of autumn the peace disperses as the temple turns into a theme park for people who love autumn leaves like me. This temple has even been visited by the current Japanese emperor and the empress before.
It is also very much literally accurate for the temple to be referred as a wood. The temple itself is more or less a forest. Visitors can walk along the route filled with red Japanese momiji maple everywhere. The longest possible route is 2.6 kilometres. With such a long walk, I pretty much indulged myself with a limitless picturesque sight of fiery red leaves. There was a group of people who came to the Heirinji in their kimonos and this also enriched my experience even further. I have always love the Japanese appreciation of its own culture and traditional garment. It was so pleasant to see beautiful kimonos among the red leaves.
Most of the temple might be a forest but Heirinji is still a temple. Here there is a temple where you can pray and afterward use a rope to ring a gong so that your wish can be heard. I left the temple very much satisfied with a prayer and a memory filled with stunning scenes that mother nature offered to this temple.
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