Itinerary for autumn leaves around Kyoto Station
Tofu-ji Temple is one of the most famous sights for autumn leaves in Kyoto, so naturally, it can get really crowded, which is why we would like to recommend you go there as early as possible. The temple normally opens at 9 a.m. but during the autumn leaves season in November and December it opens at 8:30 a.m. so if you can, you should try to make it to the temple a bit before 9 a.m.
Most people come to To-ji Temple to take pictures of the Five-Storied Pagoda, but you can also go inside it. The ticket to both the temple’s main hall and the Five-Storied Pagoda costs 800 yen, and is well worth the price. Also, don’t forget about the flea market that takes place at the temple on the 21st of every month.
Note that Kubota is really popular and it doesn’t have that many seats, so you may have to wait a while to get in, especially on the weekends.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is a bit far from Kubota, so you should consider taking the subway from Gojo Station to Marutamachi or Imadegawa Station. This way you’ll be at the park in no time.