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[Kyoto ]7 beautiful spots for autumn leaves! Enjoy the autumn leaves in the traditional streets of Kyoto

[Kyoto ]7 beautiful spots for autumn leaves! Enjoy the autumn leaves in the traditional streets of Kyoto

2022-10-13 Management office

Hello. In this article, I would like to introduce about 7 spots in Kyoto prefecture where you can see the recommended autumn leaves. Kyoto Prefecture is a city with unspoken traditional scenery and still retains a wonderful taste of the original Japanese landscape. The multiplication of the calm Japanese cityscape and the reddish autumn leaves is unique, and as a Japanese, you should definitely see it at least once.

Changchaoji Temple

The first temple we will introduce here, Jyosho-ji Temple, is a temple with a long history located in the Kita Ward of Kyoto Prefecture. The temple was founded in the Edo period (1603-1867) and has been a part of the Kyoto cityscape for a very long time. The precincts of this shrine are a concentrated collection of Japanese garden-like scenery, making it an easy and responsive spot for foreigners to enjoy.

You can enjoy autumn in abundance!

This temple is a very suitable space to experience the Japanese autumn. The precincts of the temple, where nearly 300 autumn leaves bloom every year, are very much worth seeing. In addition to the scenery, there is a tea ceremony room, a pond, a lush garden, and a veranda where you can sit and relax, all of which are very Japanese and typical of Kyoto. At dusk, lanterns brighten the precincts, creating a nuanced quality that differs from the glare of ordinary light. The atmosphere can also be described as very calm, and it is possible to enjoy matcha (powdered green tea) in the tea ceremony room. You can enjoy a moment of relaxation with a cup of matcha while contemplating the autumn leaves.

"information "
Name: Joushouji Temple
Address: 1, Takagamine Kitatakagamine-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-492-6775
Official website: http://tsakae.justhpbs.jp/joshoji/toppage.html

Kouyakuji Temple

This is also a well-known spot in Kyoto where visitors can enjoy the autumn leaves. The temple was built in 1615, the Edo period, and has an outstanding history. The approach leading to the temple grounds is the best place to see the autumn leaves, as shown in the attached photo.

Flower path surrounded by autumn leaves

This shrine has a complete road of autumn leaves on the approach to the shrine grounds. The autumn leaves that cover both sides and overhead are very warm. It is like a tunnel of autumn leaves, and just walking through it will lift your spirits and stimulate your rich emotions. Although the autumn foliage of the "light maple" seen here blooms a little late, around mid-November, many visitors come to see it.

"information "
Name: Kouetsuji Temple
Address: 29 Takagamine Koetsu-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-491-1399


This is a temple of the Tendai sect with Enryakuji Temple on Mt. It is also known as "Gokuraku-ji Temple ". For those who are familiar with history or have read textbooks, that name may be more familiar. This temple, which was founded around the Heian period (794-1185), has a much deeper history than most temples and shrines in Kyoto Prefecture, which is dominated by temples and shrines from the Edo period (1603-1868). The temple contains a variety of tourist attractions, including the Great Buddha, a Japanese garden, a tea ceremony house, and a three-story pagoda. Of course, the colorful buildings and architecture go well with the autumn leaves. Visitors can enjoy the various matching of the traditional landscape of Kyoto Prefecture and the autumn leaves. The autumn foliage is very popular among photographers as well, as it shows different faces in every corner. We hope you will visit.

One of the best spots in Kyoto for autumn foliage!

Inside this temple, where a calm atmosphere flows, autumn leaves bloom all over at once in autumn. The atmosphere of autumn leaves blooming all at once in spite of the very spacious grounds is excellent in both power and elegance, whether seen in hiki or yori. Walking through the temple is a spot where you can find new expressions of the autumn leaves, making the autumn colors you see every year seem even fresher. What I personally recommend is the matching of the three-story pagoda and the autumn leaves. The unique shape and the visual of the pagoda with its tall top are truly a unique atmosphere that can only be seen here. This is what Japan is all about, and it gives you a sense of "beauty "that could be the setting for a video game or movie. The elegant red of the autumn leaves looks mature and elegant amidst the calm Japanese colors. No matter where you cut out the autumn leaves, they are always picturesque. We hope you will enjoy it.

"information "
Name: Shinnyodo
Address: 82 Shinnyo-cho, Jodoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-771-0915
Official website: https://shin-nyo-do.jp/


This is a popular tourist spot where visitors can enjoy the full range of Japanese gardens in ordinary times. The garden, one of the most prestigious in Kyoto, is very attractive to visitors. Hosenin is the name of the building, and visitors can actually enter the building. Visitors can actually enter the building and enjoy the magnificent Japanese garden by throwing themselves outside from the veranda-style area. This is a spot where visitors, young and old alike, can enjoy the autumn leaves in Kyoto in style and in a smart way, without being overcrowded or worn out from standing around. We hope you will experience with your own eyes the one and only charm that can only be enjoyed here.

In early fall, the leaves are illuminated!

The autumn foliage at this facility is beautifully illuminated in early fall. The time of year is usually around mid-November, when the leaves are at their peak, and the atmosphere is even more enlivened. At other facilities, visitors can enjoy the naturally grown autumn leaves as they are, which is of course beautiful in its own way, but the autumn leaves with a little extra effort by humans create a different kind of colorful atmosphere. "The autumn foliage is a sight to behold ", and the beautifully decorated foliage is a sight to behold. Due to the Corona disaster, the lighting up of the leaves was not held in 2021. This year's event is still undecided, so please check the official website.

"information "
Name: Hosenin
Address: 187, Ohara Shorinin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Phone number: 075-744-2409
Official website: http://www.hosenin.net/

Kekkami Incline

The Keage Incline has become one of the most popular spots in Kyoto that is quickly regaining popularity with the recent rise of Instagram. Frankly speaking, it is a very popular spot throughout the year, but of course, it is also recommended during the fall foliage season. This spot has a very interesting retro atmosphere, with the tracks where trains originally ran left intact. It is a place with an old-fashioned atmosphere and a sense of romance.

Matching autumn leaves and railroad tracks! Many people enjoy wearing kimono!

The remnants of the 583-meter-long track are very powerful and stylish, and can only be experienced here. Originally, this was a train line that sprang up around the time of the Industrial Revolution in the Meiji Era, and visitors can intuitively enjoy the retro atmosphere of the past and the weight of the history that has been passed down from generation to generation. Also, if you check the photos posted on SNS, you will see that many people are enjoying themselves by renting kimonos. While enjoying the feeling as if they were stepping back in time, they are snapping photos in a fashionable way. This itinerary is especially popular among women, and is becoming a synonym for Kyoto, from girls' trips to date nights. Have a wonderful time!

"information "
Name: Keage Incline

Kibune Shrine

Kibune Shrine has become one of the most well-known and popular temples in Japan. The story of enshrining the "god of water ", the source of life for all things, is a very famous one, and it is a space that attracts many people with its quaintness. According to one theory, the temple may have existed since the Hakuho period (710-794), and its history of more than 1,000 years provides the kind of scenery that many people expect from Kyoto, Japan.

Illumination is fantastic! The contrast between light and dark is chic!

This place is also unique in that it is not just about the autumn foliage, but also about the joyful illumination. In particular, the area that resembles a flower path is lined with old-fashioned lights on both sides, which show the way to the main hall. The autumn leaves are reflected in the lights, creating a very picturesque impression. What is even more unique is that Kibune Shrine limits the number of lights to a few. In order to avoid becoming too glamorous, as is typical of Kyoto, the shrine avoids glittering decorations from the viewpoint of protecting the scenery. Because of this background, once you exit the bright zone, you are left with a relatively dark impression. The contrast is exquisite, and even adults can enjoy it with a sense of calmness.

"information "
Name: Kifune Shrine
Address: 180 Kurama Kibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-741-2016
Official website: https://kifunejinja.jp/

Maple Tunnel

The last spot we will introduce is this one. This one is known by many people because its name gives the impression that it specializes in autumn foliage. The fantastic scenery that lives up to its name is definitely a wonderful thing to see.

Fresh autumn leaves viewed from the car window!

This is an unusual spot to view the autumn leaves from the window of a train. The train passes through a tunnel of autumn leaves more than 200 meters long that runs from Ichihara Station to Ninose Station on the Eizan Electric Railway. The name "Dentetsu" gives a retro feel, and the red maple leaves spreading across the windows of the old-fashioned train are well worth a visit. Since the train is illuminated, it is easy to see at night and even more fantastic at night, making it a recommended spot.

"information "
Name: Momiji no Tunnel (Maple Tunnel)
Official website: https://eizandensha.co.jp/sightseeing/momiji/


Thank you very much for reading this far. The traditional, serene atmosphere of the Kyoto area and the autumn leaves go very well together. This wonderful space, which we Japanese should enjoy at least once in our lifetime, tugs at the heartstrings of many people. Please come and enjoy the pleasure of Kyoto in autumn.

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