Houkyo-in is located in Arashiyama Kyoto. Emperor Shirakawa 1053-1129 ordered its construction. The interesting thing about this temple is not so much its history, but how beautiful its garden is in autumn. It is rightly famous for its autumn foliage. Hokyoin is closed to the public for much of the year, and outside of autumn foliage season, on the rare occasions when it is open it is much quieter than other Arashiyama venues.