Updated: November 07, 2018
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5 Essential Spots In Kyoto To Enjoy The Autumn Colours

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Nothing compares in beauty to the autumn foliage of Kyoto surrounding its ancient temples and shrines. Here are some of the best spots in the city to enjoy the fall season.

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Autumn In Kyoto

Kyoto in its entirety is one of the most popular places in Japan to admire the autumn leaves, and within Kyoto, some particular spots stand out for their breathtaking combination of ancient architecture and the natural beauty of the rustling autumn foliage of different shades of yellow, red, and orange.

When Is The Season?

Kyoto's fall starts around mid-October, reaches it's peak in mid-November and ends in mid-December.

Now that you know when to be there, here are five spots that are definitely worth the go year-round but especially during autumn!

Daigoji Temple

The Daigoji Temple complex located in southeast Tokyo is a World Heritage Site that is perhaps best enjoyed in the fall because of vibrant autumn colours. Within the complex, the most stunning fall site is Bentendo Hall that is next to a pond.

"Tetsugaku-no Michi" Or The Path Of Philosophy

This ancient path along a canal is one of the best-known strolls in Kyoto to enjoy the beautiful fall red leaves. It is located in the northeast of the city. The path takes about half an hour to walk, but it will probably take you more time than that if you stop along the way at some of the beautiful temples and shrines along the way.

Toji Temple Light Up

Another of the many World Heritage Sites of Tokyo is the Toji Temple. This place is not only beautiful during the day, but also at night because of the light-up that occurs for both the cherry blossom season and the fall leaf season. There is a small admission fee to see the light-up but it is well worth it!

The temple is located at a 10-minute walk from the Toji Station of the Kintetsu Line.

Nanzenji Temple

The grounds of the Nanzenji temple are just stunning for their fall colours. The exact spot to be for a superb view is from the top of the "Sanmon" (large triple gates of the temple). The admission fee to this temple is ¥500 for adults, ¥400 for highschool students, and ¥300 for elementary school children. Located at a 10-minute walk from the Keage Station.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Light Up

Kiyomizu-dera is a must-see spot in Kyoto, regardless of the season. In the fall though, it is even more beautiful because of the surrounding trees that turn into various shades of orange and yellow. To make things even more impressive, there is even a night time light up during the fall.

The light up is from 6 PM until 9 PM and is usually from mid-November to early December. The light up is very special because the temple usually closes at 6 PM.
Early birds can get to the spot from 6 AM to avoid the crowds and see the day-time spectacle.
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