The best autumn color spots in Kyoto for 2019


2019.09.18

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Kyoto's historical sites become even more charming in autumn when combined with the colorful, falling leaves. To make the most of your trip, travel around the city by train as the roads get extremely packed. Visiting the sites early in the morning (preferably on weekdays) or close to their closing time can also help you avoid the crowds. Have a look at our guide on autumn spots in Kyoto and see them at their best.

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    Central Kyoto Autumn Leaves forecast 2019

    If you're in Kyoto for the first time or traveling on a tight schedule, one of the options is to visit sites near Kyoto Station or Arashiyama Station. These areas can be easily accessed by train, and since many famous sites are concentrated in these areas, you can visit several in a day.

    Best time to see: Mid-November to early December

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    Areas around Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    ■Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is undoubtedly one of the most visited temples in Kyoto. Visitors can enjoy expansive views of the city from its large veranda, as well as the captivating autumn leaves lit by warm blue light, which embodies the compassion of Kannon, the temple’s deity.

    Night lighting dates and hours: November 16 - December 1, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Admission: 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for primary and middle school students
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 60 min

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    rating

    4.5

    31 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-294
    phone
    0755511234
    opening-hour
    Gates open6:00, Gates shut H…

    ■Kodaiji Temple
    Kodaiji Temple was established by Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife, Nene, who became a nun after his death to pray for his soul. During the colorful autumn season, the temple combines projection mapping events with night illuminations.

    Night lighting dates and hours: October 25 - December 15, after sunset to 10 p.m. (last entry 9:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 600 yen for adults, 250 yen for middle and high school students
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Kodai-ji Zen Temple
    rating

    4.5

    1478 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526
    phone
    0755619966
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:30 (17:00 Informatio…

    ■Entokuin Temple
    Entokuin Temple is a sub-temple of Kodaiji Temple and where Nene spent her last years. While it’s a relatively small temple, its well-kept garden never disappoints. Visitors can purchase discount tickets for three places (Entokuin, Kodaiji, and Sho museum) for 900 yen.

    Night lighting dates and hours: October 25 - December 15 (closed on December 14), after sunset to 10 p.m. (last entry 9:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for middle and high school students
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Entoku-in Temple
    rating

    4.0

    175 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kodai-ji Shimogawara-cho, 530
    phone
    0755250101
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00

    ■Chionin Temple
    Established as the head temple of Jodo Buddhism, Chionin Temple boasts spacious grounds that are home to various national treasures (Sanmon Main Gate, Mieido Hall, etc). The Sanmon Main Gate and the ponds in Yuzen Garden are the most popular autumn color viewing spots.

    Night lighting dates and hours: November 1- December 1, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (last entry 9 p.m.)
    Admission: 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for for primary and middle school students
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Chion-in temple
    rating

    4.0

    694 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400
    phone
    0755312111
    opening-hour
    [Worship times]9:00-16:00

    ■Shorenin Temple
    Shorenin Temple is a solemn and peaceful temple near Higashiyama Station and served as a temporary residence for the imperial family during the Edo era. During the day, the verdant moss garden and towering bamboo trees soothe the visitor's heart while nighttime illuminations make them even more mesmerizing.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry 9:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for primary, middle and high school students
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Shoren-in Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchisanjoubouchou 69-1
    phone
    0755612345
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00(Information desk …
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    Areas around Tofukuji Temple

    ■Tofukuji Temple
    Tofukuji Temple's spacious compound includes the Sengyokukan Gorge and Hasso Garden (featuring a checkerboard design moss and stones), both of which are popular autumn foliage spots. The sub-temple Shorinji Temple offers night illumination events during autumn.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, after sunset - 7:30 p.m. (last entry 7 p.m.)
    Admission: 600 yen for adults, 400 yen for middle and high school students, free for primary school students and younger
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Tofuku-ji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    1788 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778
    phone
    0755610087
    opening-hour
    [Apr.-Oct.]9:00-16:00[Nov.-E…

    ■Komyoin Temple
    A short walk south from the famous Tofukuji Temple takes you to its sub-temple, Komyoin. This hole-in-the-wall place is a good option for those who want to enjoy a calm and tranquil garden that features moss and white sand, with changing leaves in the background.

    Regular viewing hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission: Donation style, 300 yen for November
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 20 min

    Komyoin Temple
    rating

    4.5

    70 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-809
    phone
    0755617317
    opening-hour
    Until Sunset

    ■Sennyuji Temple
    Located on a hill, Sennyuji Temple is a peaceful, crowd-free temple that is surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage. The temple has a close connection with the imperial family and houses a number of tombs and memorial tablets.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: for October and November, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.), for December, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for middle school students and younger (subject to change)
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Sennyu-ji Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sennyujiyamanouchichou 27
    phone
    0755611551
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:30[Dec.-Feb.]9:00-16…

    ■Unryuin Temple
    Unryuin Temple is a sub-temple of Sennyuji Temple and is visited for its peaceful practice of shakyo (sutra copying). During the autumn nighttime illumination period, the temple offers a mesmerizing view of the garden from its screen doors. Softly glowing screen doors highlight the beauty of the mysterious autumn leaves, capturing an authentic Japanese landscape.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry 8:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 400 yen
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Unryu-in Temple
    rating

    4.5

    95 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sennyujiyamanouchichou 36
    phone
    0755413916
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:30
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    Areas around Eikando Temple

    ■Eikando Temple
    Eikando Temple has long been one of the most popular spots for viewing autumn leaves in Kyoto, offering 3,000 colorful maple trees throughout its grounds. November is the peak season for this temple, as a variety of temple treasures are also displayed to the public during the daytime.

    Night lighting dates and hours: November 6 - December 4, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry 8:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 600 yen for middle school students and above
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Eikando Zenrin-ji
    rating

    4.5

    1688 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Eikandouchou 48
    phone
    0757610007
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00(Last entry16:00)

    ■Nanzenji Temple
    Nestled at the base of the Higashiyama mountains, Nanzenji Temple attracts architecture fans and Instagrammers who come to admire its Roman-style aqueduct. Inside its grounds is Tenjuan Temple, which offers nighttime illumination highlighting the sand rock garden, as well as the colorful leaves.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, 5:30 p.m - 9 p.m (last entry 8:45 p.m)
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for high school students, 300 yen for primary and middle school students
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Nanzen-ji Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou
    phone
    0757710365
    opening-hour
    [12/Jan.-Feb. end] 8:40-16:3…

    ■Philosopher's Walk
    While tourists flock to the Philosopher's Walk during spring, aiming to capture the cherry trees, this pedestrian path also gets packed during autumn when it displays colorful maple leaves. Visitors can enjoy walking along the path at any hour they desire, as it doesn't have opening/closing hours (and is also admission free). The path is lined with cafes and restaurants, so you can easily take a small break during your leisurely stroll.

    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 60 min

    Philosopher's Walk
    place
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Sakyo Ward

    ■Honenin Temple
    Early risers can start the day with a visit to the Honenin Temple. Chances are you'll see the splendid contrast between green moss and reddish leaves in the grounds just for yourself! The approach to the main hall is admission free throughout the year while the main hall opens for a special period of time (a small fee applies).

    Regular viewing hours: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Honen-in Temple
    rating

    4.5

    276 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shishigatanigoshonodanchou 30
    phone
    0757712420
    opening-hour
    6:00-16:00

    ■Ginkakuji Temple
    Established by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Ginkakuji Temple served as his retirement villa and fully embraces the aesthetic of wabi-sabi (“simplistic beauty in imperfection”). The temple features an observatory where visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the temple grounds and the city decorated with colorful leaves.

    Regular viewing hours: for October and November, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., for December, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen for high school and above, 300 yen for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple)
    rating

    4.5

    4595 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakujichou 2
    phone
    0757715725
    opening-hour
    [3/1-11/30]8:30-17:00[12/Jan…
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    Areas around Arashiyama

    ■Togetukyo Bridge
    Arashiyama's iconic landmark, the Togetukyo Bridge, gets particularly crowded during autumn, with a dramatic backdrop of radiant mountain leaves. Its nighttime illumination highlights an enchanting combination of soothing water and glorious surroundings. Early birds can seize the opportunity and have a magnificent view from the bridge and crisp air all to themselves.

    Night lighting dates and hours: December 13 to 22, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Admission: free
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 20 min

    Togetsukyo Bridge
    place
    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Ukyo-ku Arashiyama
    opening-hour
    Freedom of traffic

    ■Tenryuji Temple
    Incorporating the dynamic landscape of Mt. Arashiyama, Tenryuji Temple attracts many tourists who come to admire its long-established garden, which survived numerous fires and wars since the Muromachi period. The sub-temple, Hogoin, hosts a night illumination event.

    Night lighting dates and hours: November 8 - December 1, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last entry for the main hall is 8 p.m., 8:15 p.m. for the garden)
    Admission: 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Tenryu-ji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    1947 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68
    phone
    0758811235
    opening-hour
    [3/21-10/20] 8:30-17:30 (How…

    ■Nonomiya Shrine
    Surrounded by Arashiyama's soaring bamboo forest, the Nonomiya Shrine is a small yet popular destination for female worshippers seeking a good marriage, pregnancy and safe delivery. The bamboo-lined walkways between the shrine and the Okouchi Sanso Garden will be lit up during the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro event in December, creating a majestic and mystical atmosphere.

    Night lighting dates and hours: December 13 to 22, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Admission: free
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 20 min

    Nonomiya-jinja Shrine
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Saganonomiyachou 1
    phone
    0758711972
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00

    ■Seiryoji Temple
    Seiryoji Temple is believed to have been built as the villa of Minatmoto no Toru, the hero of the Tale of Genji. The wooden corridor leading from the main hall presents an amazing view of its garden, which is filled with bright autumn leaves.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: for October and November, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., for December, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    Admission: 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for middle and high school, 200 yen for primary school
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Seiryo-ji Temple
    rating

    4.0

    132 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagashakadoufujinokichou 46
    phone
    0758610343
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00 [4/5.10.Nov.] 9:0…

    ■Daikakuji Temple
    Originally built as a villa for Emperor Saga in the Heian period, Daikakuji Temple's spacious grounds feature various buildings that served the imperial family. Emperor Saga also built Japan's oldest artificial pond, the Osawa Pond, to enjoy moon viewing and it now entertains visitors with a beautiful reflection of autumn colors illuminated by glowing lights.

    Night lighting dates and hours: November 8 - December 1, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for 12-years and under
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Daikakuji temple
    rating

    4.5

    367 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaosawachou 4
    phone
    0758710071
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00 (Reception is unt…
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    Areas around Kinkakuji Temple

    ■Kinkakuji Temple
    While Kinkakuji Temple is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after temples in Kyoto throughout the year, you can observe its breathtaking combination of golden temple and bright red leaves only in autumn. To avoid the biggest crowds, it’s recommended to visit the site early in the morning or late afternoon.

    Regular viewing hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Admission: 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for primary to high school
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)
    rating

    4.5

    16997 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kinkakujichou 1
    phone
    0754610013
    opening-hour
    [Opening hours for worship]9…

    ■Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
    Kitano Tenmangu enshrines the deity of scholarship known as Sugawara Michizane and attracts many students who wish to get his blessings for their academic success. The shrine grounds feature an enticing maple garden that displays 350 trees, some of which are more than 600 years old.

    Night lighting dates and hours: dates to be announced, after sunset - 8 p.m.
    Admission: 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for children, all served with tea and cake
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
    rating

    4.5

    30 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Bakurochou
    phone
    0754610005
    opening-hour
    [Apr.-Sep.] 5:00-18:00 [Oct…

    ■Ryoanji Temple
    Ryoanji Temple takes great pride in its Zen rock garden, which comprises an eclectic collection of 15 stones arranged over raked pebbles. During the autumn, it's better to start your stroll from the Kyoyochi pond as the garden gets extremely packed.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: for October and November, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., for December, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen for high school students and above, 300 for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Ryoanji Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Ryouanji Otoritoshita 13
    phone
    0754632216
    opening-hour
    [Mar.-Nov.]8:00-17:00[Dec.-F…

    ■Ninna-ji Temple
    Ninna-ji Temple was founded in 888 AD by Emperor Uda who became the head priest of the temple after his retirement. This admission-free temple is full of national treasures, such as the five-story pagoda, which adds great accents to the surrounding autumn colors.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: for October and November, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.), for December, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
    Admission for the palace and garden: 500 yen for high school students and above, 300 yen for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Ninna-ji Temple
    rating

    5.0

    2 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Omuroouchi 33
    phone
    0754611155
    opening-hour
    [Goten Worship times][Mar.-N…
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    Kyoto's suburban areas

    If you've covered the city’s major sites or you're staying in Kyoto for a few days, go a little further and explore the suburban mountain areas to escape the crowds. Most of these areas require bus rides or quite a bit of walking but they’re definitely worth the trip if you want to check out some hidden gems.

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    Areas around Shisendo Temple

    This area is best visited in late November. To get there smoothly, take a train to Ichijoji Station from Demachiyanagi Station along the Eizan Railway or take a train to Kokusaikaikan Station from Kyoto Station along the Karasuma Line, then hop on a bus.
    If you plan to be in the area at night, you can find plenty of dining options around Ichijo Station, which is home to many famous ramen shops.

    ■Shisendo Temple
    Established by scholarly samurai and landscape architect Jozan Ishikawa in 1641, Shisendo Temple is famed for its tasteful garden that features immaculate white pebbles and clean-cut azalea bushes. With deeply-colored autumn leaves, the garden gets even more attractive.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry 4:45 p.m.)
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for high school, 200 yen for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Shisen-do Jozanji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    238 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujimonguchichou 27
    phone
    0757812954
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00

    ■Enkouji Temple
    Enkouji Temple was originally chosen as the site of the Rakuyo School (established by Tokugawa Ieyasu), which helped to nurture the great talents of priests, writers and artists. The temple's stone garden can be viewed from the main hall, displaying stunning, vividly-colored maple trees in autumn.

    Regular viewing dates and hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for middle and high school, 300 yen for primary school
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Zuiganzan Enkouji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    185 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujikotanichou 13
    phone
    0757818025
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00

    ■Sekizan Zen-in Temple
    Sekizan Zen-in Temple (also known as “Maple Temple”), gets completely wrapped in red during autumn. The approach to the main hall is especially famed for its maple trees, which create a magical tunnel. This admission-free temple is flocked with visitors during the peak season, so aim for early morning if you prefer a quieter visit.

    Regular viewing hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Sekizan Zen-in Temple
    rating

    4.0

    70 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shugakuinkaikombouchou 18
    phone
    0757015181
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:30

    ■Konpukuji Temple
    Situated five minutes on foot from Shisendo Temple, Konpukuji Temple is a site of historical significance where poet Matsuo Basho stayed during his Kyoto trip. The tomb of another renowned poet, Yosa Buson, can be found on the grounds, so visitors can enjoy cultural exploration as well as the fall colors.

    Regular viewing hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Admission: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for middle and high school, free for primary school and younger
    Popularity: ★☆☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 30 min

    Konpukuji Temple
    rating

    3.5

    41 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujisaikatachou 20
    phone
    0757911666
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00

    ■Manshuin Temple
    Sightly off the beaten track, Manshuin Temple is known for its Karesansui Garden where gravel and sand are used to represent the ripples of water. Combined with the emerald pine trees and colorful leaves, the garden presents an authentic Japanese autumn experience. Due to its isolated location, it’s recommended to add this spot at the start or end of your itinerary.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.)
    Admission: 600 yen for adults
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Manshuin Temple (Takenouchi Monzeki )
    rating

    4.0

    5 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitakenouchichou 42
    phone
    0757815010
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00
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    Areas around Sanzenin Temple

    This area is best visited around mid-November. While it can be accessed by the city bus, there are only three buses per hour and it can get pretty packed during autumn. If you're coming from Kyoto Station, take a train to Kokusaikaikan Station along the Karasuma Line and hop on a bus to the Ohara stop. Be sure to take a jacket with you to this mountainous area.

    ■Sanzenin Temple
    Nestled in an idyllic mountain village called Ohara, Sanzenin Temple is a place to visit if you’re seeking a sense of sanctuary. The vast temple grounds feature a moss garden where peaceful stone Buddhist statues gracefully greet visitors. The combination of green moss and red maple leaves will never disappoint.

    Regular visiting hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for October, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. for November, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for December
    Admission: 700 yen for adults, 400 yen for middle and high school, 150 yen for primary school
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple)
    rating

    4.5

    809 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ohararaikouinchou 540
    phone
    0757442531
    opening-hour
    [Mar.-Oct.]9:00-17:00[Nov.]8…

    ■Hosenin Temple
    Hosenin Temple is known for its 700-year-old pine tree and a framed view of the garden from the pillars of its tatami room. The admission includes Japanese tea and sweets, so you can rest your feet in the tatami room, sip a bowl of matcha and immerse yourself in peaceful Japanese experience.

    Night lighting dates and hours: to be announced, 5:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry 8:40 p.m.)
    Admission: 800 yen for adults, 700 yen for middle and high school
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Shorinin Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharashourininchou 187
    phone
    0757442537
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:30

    ■Jikkoin Temple
    Jikkoin Temple is a small yet beautiful temple featuring a rare variety of cherry trees that bloom in autumn. Together with its colorful maple leaves, the temple grounds offer an astonishing spring and autumn landscape at the same time.

    Regular visiting hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. for November)
    Admission: 700 yen for middle school and above, 300 yen for primary school (admission includes tea and sweets)
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Jikko-in Temple
    rating

    4.0

    42 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharashourininchou 187
    phone
    0757442537
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00 (Nov. is 9:00-16:…

    ■Jakkoin Temple
    Jakkoin Temple is believed to have been built by Prince Shotoku in 594 AD and was also famously mentioned in the Tale of Heike. While part of the temple grounds were unfortunately destroyed by arson, the Migiwanoike pond beside the Main Hall still represents the genuine tranquility of this temple.

    Regular visiting hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for October and November, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for December
    Admission: 600 yen for high school and above. 350 yen for middle school, 100 yen for primary school
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Jikko-in Temple
    rating

    4.0

    42 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharashourininchou 187
    phone
    0757442537
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00 (Nov. is 9:00-16:…
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    Areas around Kifune Shrine

    This area is best visited around mid-November. Those coming from Kyoto Station are recommended to take a train to Demachiyanagi Station, then ride the Eizan Railway so that you can enjoy the full view of autumn leaves in this mountainous area. It can get slippery on rainy days, so make sure you wear flat shoes with grip.

    ■Kifune Shrine
    Located along the Kibune River, Kifune Shrine is dedicated to the god of water. The approach to the Main Hall features a charming stone staircase that’s lined with red lanterns, which mystically light up the path. It becomes even more attractive during the autumn when combined with the colorful leaves that surrounds the shrine grounds.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, after sunset - 9 p.m.
    Admission: free
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 40 min分

    Kifune-jinja Shrine
    rating

    4.5

    685 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 180
    phone
    0757412016
    opening-hour
    [Grant Office Hours of Opera…

    ■Kuramadera Temple
    Perched on the hillside of Mt. Kurama, this Buddhist temple features images of Tengu, a type of long-nosed god who’s believed to be a guardian of Japanese mountains. It takes about 40 minutes on foot from the entrance gate to the main temple. But there are lots of attractions on the trail, such as Japanese cedars and shrines, so you can enjoy the hike at a leisurely pace.

    Regular visiting hours: 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    Admission: 300 yen
    Popularity: ★★★☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Kurama-dera Temple
    rating

    4.5

    386 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramahonchou 1074
    phone
    0757412003
    opening-hour
    [Opening hours for worship]9…
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    Areas around Jingoji Temple

    This rural, mountainous area is home to three historical temples and is popular during its autumn leaf season, which usually peaks in mid-November. To get here, you can take a JR bus at Kyoto Station to the Toganoo bus stop with a one-day pass for Mt. Takao (800 yen). Alternatively, you can take a train to Enmachi Station from Kyoto Station, then take a JR bus to Toganoo. While this remote area is about an hour away from the central Kyoto, it still gets crowded in autumn.

    ■Jingoji Temple
    Jingoji Temple is a famous place for autumn foliage, with around 3,000 maple trees. While the stone staircase approach has more than 350 steps, the serene temple complex and valley views are worth every step.

    Night lighting dates and hours: To be announced, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (the approach opens until 8 p.m.)
    Admission: 800 yen
    Popularity: ★★★★★
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Jingo-ji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    187 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Kaohsiung-cho 5
    phone
    0758611769
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00

    ■Kosanji Temple
    Kosan Temple houses Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga (“Animal-people caricatures”), which are famous picture rolls believed to be the origin of Japanese manga. The view from the Sekisui-in (the former residence of the imperial family) is the highlight of this temple and attracts many visitors during autumn.

    Regular visiting hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Admission: 800 yen (plus 500 yen during autumn)
    Popularity: ★★★★☆
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Toganoosan Kosanji Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Togeno-cho 8
    phone
    0758614204
    opening-hour
    8:30-17:00

    ■Saimyoji Temple
    Located between the temples of Jinjoji and Kosanji, Saimyoji Temple is a relatively small yet beautiful place where you can soak up the tranquility, with the refreshing sound of a nearby river. Visitors can savor matcha and sweets while overlooking the moss garden by the Main Hall. 

    Regular visiting hours: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Saimyōji Temple
    rating

    4.0

    53 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Makio Town 1
    phone
    0758611770
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00
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    Areas around Yoshimine Temple

    The southwest border of this mountainous area is best visited from mid to late November and can be accessed by the 66 Keikyu bus from Mukōmachi Station. The area is well-paved and an ideal destination for hikers who wish to fully experience the surrounding mountains, as well as their historic temples.

    ■Yoshimine Temple
    Established in 1029 AD as a priest's personal retreat, Yoshimine Temple features a vast temple ground that offers an extensive view of Kyoto city. The grounds are also known for their numerous Buddhist artifacts, including a 600-year-old pine tree and statues of the Thousand-Armed Kannon.

    Regular visiting hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (last entry 4:45 p.m.)
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school, 200 yen for primary and middle school
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 50 min

    Yoshimine-dera Temple
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Oharanoshiochou 1372
    phone
    0753310020
    opening-hour
    8:00-17:00

    ■Shoujiji Temple
    Shoujiji Temple (also known as the “Flower Temple”) attracts tourists during spring for its gorgeous Somei-Yoshino cherry trees. But the autumn leaf season shouldn’t be missed either when you can take full advantage of its remote location and soak up its tranquil ambience.

    Regular visiting hours: 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
    Admission: 400 yen for adult, 300 yen for middle and high school, 200 yen for primary school
    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Shojiji Temple
    rating

    4.0

    32 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Oharanominamikasugachou 1194
    phone
    0753310601
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00

    ■Komyoji Temple
    Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Komyoji Temple is the place to be if you like to feel a sense of serenity. The approach to the temple turns brilliant red during autumn, providing a picturesque maple carpet for visitors.

    Visiting hours for November 16 - December 8 (peak season): 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission: 500 yen for high school and above (applied for the peak season, otherwise admission-free)

    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 40 min

    Seizanjodoshu Sohonzan Komyoji Temple
    rating

    4.5

    93 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Nagaokakyoushi Ao Saijou Inside 26-1
    phone
    0759550002
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00

    ■Oharano Shrine
    Oharano Shrine was constructed in 784 AD when the capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto. The influence of the former capital can be seen with statues of deer in the compound. This shrine was worshipped by Murasaki Shikibu, a prestigious Japanese author, and her admiration can be traced throughout her publications, including the “Tale of Genji”.

    Popularity: ★★☆☆☆
    Average visiting time: 20 min

    Oharano-jinja Shrine
    rating

    4.5

    29 Reviews
    place
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Oharanominamikasugachou 1152
    phone
    0753310014
    opening-hour
    [Company Office Reception] 9…

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