Oct. 21, 2020 UPDATE

2020 mysterious night illumination events in Kyoto in autumn!

Here are some spots in Kyoto where you can see the night illumination events held at Kyoto in autumn.
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November and December are the months of autumnal foliage, and although many events were cancelled in Kyoto in 2020 due to COVID-19, but this year some spots that they hold a special night viewing event as usual.

That's why I'd like to put the list of all the spots that will be lit up in 2020and introduce you to them. If you're in Japan, I hope you'll come to visit these spots.


1 Kodai-ji Temple’s Special Night Entrance

Kita Masajo (Nene), the official residence of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, built this temple for Hideyoshi.During the autumn leaves season, the lights are a popular feature.You can see the view of the garden as shown in the photo, with the Garyoro and the autumn leaves reflecting in the pond.And I also recommend the bamboo forest filled with mysterious light.


Address 526 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825
Event time From sunset until 10 p.m. (Entrance until 9:30 p.m.) Normal entrance to the temple is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Entrance until 5 p.m.)



2Chion-in Temple Special Night Viewing
Chion-in, famous for the "Sanmon" (a national treasure), said to be the largest wooden structure in Japan.The colorful foliage at Chionin is quite spectacular.

It is said to be the most beautiful of them all, with the fall colors and the national treasures of Sanmon and Yuzen Garden.The water surface of the pond in Yuzen Gardenr reflects the brilliant colors of the autumn leaves, just like a mirror.This is probably the best place to take pictures in Chionin!


Address 400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-8686
Event time Spring: 5:45-9:30 p.m. (Entrance until 9 p.m.) Autumn: 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Entrance until 9 p.m.)



3Kibune Momiji Toro

Kifune Shrine has a lovely quiet atmosphere during the day, but at night, surrounded by bright red maples, lanterns and warm lights, it changes the atmosphere of the grounds very much.There are a lot of lanterns on the stone steps, which illuminate the approach to the path and the autumn leaves, which is a unique sight.


Address Kibune-cho, Kurama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Event time Sunset ~ 9pm (Until 8:30 PM in the Kibune area)



4Kiyomizu Temple Special Night Viewing

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most popular places in Kyoto, visited by many tourists from all over the world. The main hall, a national treasure, and the stage of Kiyomizu Temple, the Niomon Gate, and the Three-Storied Pagoda are also illuminated, and together with the mysterious atmosphere, they make the temple feel completely different from what it feels during the daytime.It's a famous place so it's crowded, but it's worth a visit.


Address 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-0862
Event time Spring: 6 – 9 p.m. Summer: 6:30 – 9 p.m. Autumn: 5:30 – 9 p.m.



Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Although various traditional Kyoto events have been cancelled Due to COVID-19, there are still spots where the annual lighting of the autumn leaves will be held, so I think this is really the best place to be before 2020 is over!Winter nights in Kyoto are cold, so please dress warmly when you go to the autumnal foliage lighting!
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