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The Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Kyoto In The Fall Season

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Amy D.

Last updated : Jan 17, 20249 min read

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Kyoto is by far the most popular destination to come and see the fall colors. The traditional temples are the perfect backdrop for the stunning red leaves. The autumn scenery of Kyoto is sure to leave you awestruck. The peak season to view these stunning flowers is from mid-November. 

Tofuku-ji Temple

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Tofuku-ji Temple, whose buildings have been designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties
The temple has plenty of highlights, including 25 sub-temples and a rock garden. It is also famous as a place to see the fall colors. The colors are especially beautiful at Tsutenkyo Bridge linking the main hall with Kaisan-do Hall.

Tofuku-ji, Kyoto’s leading group of temple buildings There are 5 famous temples in Kyoto which have been ranked as the Kyoto Gozan or the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, of which one is Tofuku-ji Temple. As well, the buildings of the temple show characteristics that belie its status as a Rinzai sect temple. The 22-meter high sanmon gate has been designated as a National Treasure and is known as the oldest sanmon gate in Japan. Also, Tokufu-ji has the oldest zen meditation hall in the nation. Furthermore, Tsutenkyo Bridge which makes us...

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- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
075-533-0621
Price
- Free
Tsutenkyo BridgeA famous place for the autumn colors with a beautiful contrast between the 200 colorful trees and the moss
Enko-ji Temple was opened by Ieyasu Tokugawa and also served as a place of learning. It is now well known as a prominent venue for fall foliage in Kyoto. The garden, as pretty as a framed painting, and the sound of resonant buried earthen jars known as suikinkutsu soothe the hearts of all who visit.

Enko-ji, the school that was transformed into a temple In 1601, Ieyasu Tokugawa invited monks with the intention of developing national education, and so he opened a school at Enko-ji in the Fushimi area. Regardless of whether they were monks or laymen, all could enter the school, and numerous issues of one of Japan’s early examples of a printed book, the “Fushimi-ban” were made. The wood-cut letters used in the publication still exist. After entering the Sanmon gate, the Honryuutei opens up before your eyes as a traditional...
Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
075-781-8025
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
 
adults 400 yen/children 300 yen
Garden
adults 400 yen/children 300 yen

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www.tofukuji.jp
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Mt. Takao, a famous place for the fall colors that change the earliest in Kyoto…there is a walking course to enjoy the autumn foliage
There are many shrines that are in harmony with the elegance of nature at Mt. Takao. In the autumn, the beautiful colors spread out and the leaves of the mountain and the Kiyotaki River that are admired make for superb scenery.

Takao, an area by the Kiyotaki River which flows at the foot of Mt. Takao Takao is known as the famous area in Kyoto whose leaves change color the earliest. It’s an area by the Kiyotaki that flows at the foot of Mt. Takao, and with the Kitayama cedar in the background, the scenery of a mountain hamlet with its continuing beautiful fall colors spreads out. From early November, the trees change color and by mid-November, it is the place to see. In addition, you can enjoy the expressions of the four seasons with the cherry blossoms and az...
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Katsura Imperial Villa

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Katsura Imperial Villa, a Japanese garden at its peak beauty, in harmony with nature throughout the four seasons
With its tranquil appearance, this is a masterpiece of a Japanese garden, showing the spirit of the Japanese people. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the four seasons from several tearooms.

Visits are completely by appointment. Construction was initiated in 1615 by Prince Tomohito, after which this Imperial villa was completed in 47 years. With an area of 69400㎡, you can see structures such as the Old Shoin (Drawing Room), the Middle Shoin and the New Palace, and there are other drawing rooms and tearooms surrounding the Japanese garden pond where you can stroll around, a magnificent combination of garden and architecture. It can also be said to be the culmination of Japanese garden beauty. Under administration by the Imperial...

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Business hours
- Weekdays
Phone
075-211-1215
Price
- Free
Website
sankan.kunaicho.go.jp

Nanzenji

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Kyoto’s foremost location for cherry blossoms and autumn colors – enjoy the Cultural Properties of Nanzenji
Nanzenji was built as a temple of prayer for the prosperity of the country. It was inaugurated by the Cloistered Emperor Kameyama in 1291 during the Kamakura period. It is one of the most popular locations for the beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and autumn colors in the fall.

Enjoy the cultural properties at Nanzenji. Nanzenji is a designated National Historic Site, and there are many Cultural Properties on the temple grounds. Firstly, there is Sanmon, which is a National Important Cultural Property, and one of Japan’s three greatest gates (it is the entrance to the temple and one of the locations that must be passed through during Buddhist training). The view of northwest Kyoto from the upper floor of the gate (known as Gohoro) at a height of 22 meters is very popular. Hojo (meaning “room”) i...

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- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
075-771-0365
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.nanzen.net

Kiyomizu-dera

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Kiyomizu-dera – Kyoto’s most popular tourist attraction
Kiyomizu-dera is a Kannon temple where the goddess Kannon is worshiped. Among Kyoto’s temples, Kiyomizu-dera has a particularly long history, and is a registered World Heritage site. It is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist attractions.

Enjoy the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Kiyomizu-dera. Kiyomizu-dera was constructed on Mt. Kiyomizu (Mt. Otowa). The main temple at Kiyomizu-dera, which is also referred to as the “Kiyomizu-dera stage,” was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1633. The main temple building, constructed early in the Edo period, is a National Treasure. It is supported by more than 100 keyaki (Japanese Zelkova) trees and not a single nail is used. Jojuin, in the northern area of the temple grounds, features the Moon Garden, which...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM )
Phone
075-551-1234
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY
- Child: 200 JPY
Website
www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

Eikan-do


Eikan-do, where you can refresh your soul from the beautiful autumn leaves and the Mikaeri Amida
With the temple grounds colored by the autumn leaves, there is a wonderful harmony among the beautiful architecture, the pond and the garden, and so an elegant scene arises. Beautiful autumn leaves striving to be the best even in Kyoto can be seen.

When thinking of Eikan-do, the beauty of the autumn leaves comes to mind In 853, Shinjo, the student of the monk Kukai, established the temple. The official name is Zenrin-ji, but due to the deeds of helping out the disadvantaged by the 7th head monk Yokan, it started to be called Eikan-do. Since long ago, fall foliage that strives to become the best in Kyoto can be seen here to the extent that people say “Autumn means the maples in Eikan-do”. Passing through the main gate, the path lined with autumn trees continues on, and there i...

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- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
075-761-0007
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 400 JPY
Website
www.eikando.or.jp

Tenryu-ji Temple

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Tenryu-ji Temple, a World Heritage site with the spectacular Unryu-zu (image of the cloud dragon) and a garden from 700 years ago
Tenryu-ji Temple once contained all the Arashiyama area. It has a garden whose view hasn’t changed in 700 years and an ink painting 9 meters in diameter titled “Unryu-zu” that is a splendid World Heritage asset.

Founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge and Kameyama Park among other places were within the temple grounds. Burned down by fire 8 times, the buildings were mostly re-built in around 1900. However, the Sogenchi Pond Garden has retained its original form from 700 years ago, and was given Japan’s first designation as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. In 1994, it was registered as a World Cultural Property as a Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto. For the...

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- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
075-881-1235
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.tenryuji.com

Arashiyama

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Arashiyama, a prominent tourist spot in Kyoto where you can enjoy the great outdoors
Tougetsukyo Bridge, which evokes Arashiyama’s elegance. The trolley trains and the cruise down Hozu River where you can physically sense nature throughout the 4 seasons. This is the place where you can feel Kyoto’s grace unified with nature

A popular tourist spot, Arashiyama is an area that includes Tougetsukyo Bridge which spans Katsura River and the mountain that soars up to command a view of the area. This is a quiet place that is surrounded by mountains which have had classic Japanese poems recited about them from long ago, and there are many various shrines and temples. Recently, along with the famous well-established dining establishments, there have also been Japanese-style cafés, souvenir shops selling miscellaneous goods from Kyoto, trolley trains, and river cruises down...

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kyoto.travel
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