Our Favorite Spots for Koyo Season in Kyoto

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


Tofuku-ji Temple, the most famous location for Autumn leaves in Kyoto

Tofuku-ji

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

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple and its illuminations

Kiyomizudera

The name Kiyomizu-dera 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 one of the most famous views of Tokyo. The best time to view this is when it’s illuminated at night, from mid-November to early December. Make sure to go back and see it during the night, if you have time.

Kiyomizudera

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Kodai-ji, beautiful in every season

Kodai-ji

Kodai-ji was built in 1606 by the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the greatest warriors in Japanese history.
Kodai-ji is famous for its year round beautiful gardens. While in the temple grounds, you can enjoy a cup of ceremonial green tea as you take in the autumn colors.
There are usually night illuminations from the end of October to the beginning of December.

Kodai-ji

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Nanzen-ji and its carpet of maple leaves

 

Nanzen-ji

Upon entering Nanzen-ji, tourists are overwhelmed by the huge 22 meter 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 among tourists who come for the feeling that they are walking on a red carpet.

Nanzen-ji

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