Welcome to Ōhara
Since ancient times Ōhara (大原), a quiet farming town about 15km north of Kyoto, has been regarded as a holy site by followers of the Jōdo (Pure Land) school of Buddhism. The region provides a charming glimpse of rural Japan, along with the picturesque Sanzen-in, Jakkō-in and several other fine temples, and is perfect for strolling. It’s about a one-hour bus ride from Downtown Kyoto and makes for a pleasant day trip from the city. It's most popular in autumn, when the maple leaves change colour and the mountain views are spectacular.
Avoid Ōhara on busy autumn-foliage weekends in November. There’s only one main road up there from Kyoto and you’ll spend too much time sitting in traffic (and the temples will be crowded when you get there).