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Ohara

12 km in the North of Kyoto, there is the hamlet of Ohara. Surrounded by green mountains, the site becomes admirable in autumn with red leaves. You can also hear the prayers of the monks in the temples like Sanzen-in.

For a thousand years, women monks practiced their faith under the auspices of Sanzen-in temple, an important temple in Ohara, because they were often excluded from other temples. Compared to Enryakuji temple, the great temple at the top of the mountain which refused women, this Buddhist temple offered a place of worship without distinction of sex. His wet moss garden and cypresses remain beautiful throughout the year.

Near the bus stop Ohara, you can visit:

Raigo-in temple : Buddhist temple isolated upstream of a small river near the temple Sanzen-in. The waterfall Otonashi is farther. Oto means 'noise' and nashi means 'without'. According to the story passed on in this temple, the monk of the Raigo-in temple recited prayers in front of the waterfall, then the sound of the waterfall disappeared and a profound silence began to reign.

Jakko-in temple : peaceful temple that offers a quiet interlude in the wooded area. To see the red leaves, you should come between mid-November and early December.

The restaurant Wappa-do : you can taste there dishes prepared with organic vegetables of the district. In the past, it was a dyeing.

Ohara koubou : vegetable dye workshop. You can experience there dye with herbs or indigo collected near the workshop. If you want, you can start by picking herbs in the morning.

Footbath, Ashiyu-cafe : if you want to have a rest after your walk, the Ashiyu cafe, next to the Jakko-in temple, will help you recover. You can also go to the ryokan "Ohara-sanso" a nice hostel just behind the cafe..

 

 

 

 

 

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