Are you planning a memorable autumn trip? Kyoto, known for its harmonious blend of ancient traditions and vibrant fall foliage, is the perfect destination. Let's introduce you to some must-visit spots that will make your autumn journey in Kyoto unforgettable.
In this article, we'll focus on spots located in the northeastern, eastern, and northwestern directions from JR Kyoto Station, which can be reached within 10-30 minutes using public transportation. We'll list them from north to south, so you can explore them in order while taking a leisurely stroll.
Kodai-ji Temple: Within the temple grounds, you can capture the reflection of vibrant autumn leaves on the surface of the pond. Additionally, Kodai-ji Temple was one of the first temples in Kyoto to introduce nighttime illumination of autumn foliage, making it incredibly popular for this feature. You can stay from the time the sun sets until the illumination begins. If you have the time, comparing the daytime and nighttime views can be quite enjoyable.
The water's surface reflects inverted crimson leaves
Kiyomizu-dera Temple: This renowned temple, often considered the symbol of Kyoto, is surrounded by breathtaking vibrant red and golden leaves in autumn. The wooden terrace jutting out from the main hall is enveloped by lush trees, creating a picturesque and almost painterly scene.
Burning red trees envelop the wooden terrace
Tofukuji Temple: Known for its stunning Tsutenkyo Bridge, Tofukuji offers captivating views of maple trees in their autumn glory. The bridge becomes a focal point as it crosses a sea of red and gold.
Fushimi Inari Shrine: Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, attracts visitors year-round. During the autumn season, you can witness the stunning harmony between the vermilion gates and vibrant foliage. Particularly in the early hours of the morning, the sunlight filtering through the gates creates a divine atmosphere, making it an excellent time to explore.
Senbon Torii “Thousand Torii” gateways.
Make sure to plan ahead and book your accommodations and transportation in advance for a smooth and enjoyable autumn escape to Kyoto. Experience the magic of the season in this timeless city where tradition and nature intertwine.
In Japan, the summer of 2023 has been described as one of the hottest in over a century. This scorching heat has also delayed the arrival of autumn significantly, with daily temperatures still exceeding 30°C even in late September. As a result, the peak of fall foliage in Kyoto is expected to be later than usual, occurring in the latter half of November.
This means that the peak viewing period will be a few weeks later than the typical schedule. For those whose timing aligns with this, we hope you'll enjoy the beauty of late autumn foliage in Kyoto.
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