Partners Information: Though less known than the temple of the same name in Kyoto, Kiyomizudera in Fukuoka Prefecture is well worth a visit. Modelled after the five-story pagoda of Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka, the construction of the temple finished in 1836.
The temple is especially spectacular in autumn, when the leaves change colour. In fact, Kiyomizuyama was voted as one of the top 500 best walking trails in the country.
The temple's Honbo Teien Garden, a nationally designated scenic spot reportedly created by Sesshu in the Muromachi Period, blends natural beauty with man-made beauty.
The best time to see the autumn colours is around late November to early December every year.
A 10-minute taxi ride from JR Setaka Station or a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Chikugo-Funagoya Station (Kyushu Shinkansen).