Let’s Go See the Autumn Leaves! Sogenji Temple and Mount Misaoyama
When you talk about autumn, it has to be the autumn leaves! It’s finally autumn leaves season so I thought I should go somewhere to see them. I decided to go to the historic Sogenji Temple in Okayama City to try to see them.
The best time to see the autumn colors changes every year but is usually around mid to late November, so choosing a time to see them can be difficult. This time, I went a little too early, but I was still able to see some beautiful fall colors.
It took about 25 minutes by bus to get to Sogenji.
After you pass through the main gate, you are greeted by the sight of autumn leaves and the magnificent triple gate that leads to the temple.
After passing through the triple gate I was able to see the beautiful autumn leaves, still in the process of changing, and the main temple. It was very beautiful.
Adorned on the temple was a very impressive detailed carving of a dragon.
In the back corner of Sogenji is one of the hiking trails that leads to Misaoyama. Climbing up that trail led to a grand three-storied pagoda.
Along the way, I also went to the Misaoyamakoen-Satoyama Center. There, they had information about the various animals local to the area on display.
After I had my fill of exploring, I descended the mountain and went home, satisfied with being able to experience such a natural place like this within Okayama City.
Admission Fee: Free
Access: About 20 minutes from JR Okayama Station to the Sogenji bus stop, taking the Ryobi Bus bound for Saidaiji.
From the Sogenji bus stop, walk for about 5 minutes.
Total: About 25 minutes