To-ji: Pagoda & Autumn Leaves
The top of To-ji's pagoda with autumn leaves surrounding it... The leaves hadn't completely turned colors, but you can see that slight tint to them.
To-ji pagoda is the tallest wooden tower in Japan, and also the tallest pagoda, period. It used to have a buddy (Sai-ji), but that no longer stands. These two temples stood on each side of the Rosho-mon, the main gateway into Kyoto. It is approximately 57m high and has 5 tiers. If this one is that tall, one can only imagine how tall the ones at Todai-ji once were. To-ji pagoda burned down (or was struck by lightning) four times before the present structure was completed under the direction of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.