Saga Chrysanthemum at Daikaku-ji
Autumn leaves aren't the only botanical thing to see in November in Kyoto. During the month there are various festivals celebrating the flowering of the Chrysanthemum. One very special festival is the one at Daikaku-ji in the Saga district of Kyoto city's Ukyo ward. Another big Chrysanthemum festival is at The Kyoto Botanical Garden.
The Saga Chrysanthemum (Japanese "Saga-giku") has brush like petals, it originally grew naturally on an Island in the huge pond at Emperor Saga's villa. Later this villa was converted into Daikaku-ji (a Buddhist Temple). Every year in November many Saga Chrysanthemums are displayed around the temple buildings and in special booths. There is also a competition which growers compete in to grow the tallest Saga Chrysanthemums.
The nearest train station is the JR Saga Arashiyama station, which is 17 minutes walk away. If that seems like a too long walk for you, consider taking a taxi from the station. Another possible way of getting there from the centre of Arashiyama is by rickshaw, which you can hire from near the Togetsukyo Bridge.
Today's photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens. This is the original jpeg from the camera, no post production has be done on the image.