Enjoy Kyoto’s autumn foliage in a day! “Mt.Higashiyama”

Japan is currently in the height of autumn and from all over the country we’re hearing news of the beautiful autumn leaves.
Most famous of all are the beautiful Kyoto autumn leaves. In 2013, we walked through the Higashiyama area of Tokyo, photographing their leaves, and today we bring you photographs from Kyoto.

Autumn foliage in Higashiyama


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Tofuku-ji

A: First up is Tofuku-ji, the most famous location for autumn leaves in Kyoto

Tofuku-ji was built in the year 1236 and is the head temple of the Tofuku-ji branch of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. It had been burnt down and rebuilt many times over the course of its history.
There are around 2,000 deciduous trees within the temple grounds and the view from the Tsuten Bridge is particularly unmissable. It’s just like being afloat in a sea of autumn color.

Tofuku-ji

Tofuku-ji

■The best time to see this is from mid-November to early-December.
■Access Get off at Tofukuji station on the JR Nara Line or Keihan Main Line, and walk southeast for 10 minutes.
■Fee Entry to the Tsuten bridge is ¥300 for elementary school children, and ¥400 for high school students and older.
Entry to the Hojo-Teien is ¥300 for elementary school children, and ¥400 for high school students and older.
■Tofukuji WEB SITE

Kiyomizudera

B: See the autumn color beautifully lit up at Kiyomizudera

The name Kiyomizudera means “pure water temple,” referring to the pure water that flows within the temple grounds purifying and sanctifying it.
Standing in the inner sanctuary and looking at the main temple, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, as if you’re looking at a postcard. The best time to view this is when it’s illuminated at night, from 14th November to 6th December. Make sure to go back and see it during the night, if you have time.

Kiyomizudera

■The best time to see this is from late-November to early-December.
■Illuminated at night 14th November~6th December 18:00~21:00
■Access information and entrance fees here.
Kiyomizudera WEB SITE

Kodai-ji

C: Kodai-ji. A temple with scenery that changes by the season

Kodai-ji was built in 1606 by the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the greatest warriors in Japanese history.
It’s not only famous for its year round beautiful gardens, but also during the autumn season. While in the temple grounds, you can enjoy a cup of ceremonial green tea as you take in the autumn colors.
Between 23rd October to 13th December, there will be illuminations.

Kodai-ji

Kodai-ji

■The best time to see this is From November to early December
■Access From JR Kyoto Station or Kintetsu Kyoto Station, city bus 206(Higashiyama direction) → Get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk east 5 min.
From JR Kyoto Station or Kintetsu Kyoto Station, 15 min.by taxi.
■Fee An Adult 600yen A student 250yen
■Kodai-ji WEB SITE

Nanzen-ji

D: Nanzen-ji, made famous by the Kabuki phrase, “How beautiful, how beautiful.”

Upon entering Nanzen-ji, tourists are overwhelmed by the huge 22meter gates that rise before them. These triple gates are known as one of the three most famous gates in Japan.
The temple’s large property is painted red with the autumn leaves, and is famous amongst tourists who come for the feeling that, they are walking on a red carpet.

Nanzen-ji

■The best time to see this is from mid-November to early-December.
■Access From the Kyoto Subway Tozai Line get off at Keage station and walk 10 minutes from exit number 1.
■Fee Entry: Hojo-Teien: Adults, ¥500, Gate entry: Adults, ¥500, Nanzen-In: Adults, ¥300.
■Nanzen-ji WEB SITE

What do you think?
As always, if you go to these places now you’ll find them very crowded, but you should still go and see them because each site is incredibly impressive, and definitely worth the trip.

Next time, I’ll introduce “Mt.Arashiyama” in the western part of Kyoto.

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