Autumn leaves viewing spots easily accessible by Keihan and Eiden
The imperial garden looks beautiful all year round, but it’s especially beautiful in autumn. And now that you don’t need a reservation anymore to enter the Imperial Palace, you get to see the beautiful Japanese buildings and the autumn leaves together. Truly a breathtaking scene. The closest Keihan stations are Jingu-Marutamachi on the south side and Demachiyanagi on the north side.
The main attraction here has to be this table which is polished so well that the autumn leaves are reflected in it. There is often a line of people waiting to get their chance to take pictures here, so you have to have your camera ready if you want to take a nice pic here. When I went to Ruriko-in, I only had one minute to take a picture here. The closest station is Eiden’s Yase-Hieizanguchi.
It does take some time to get to Kifune Shrine from central Kyoto, as you have to first take Keihan to Demachiyanagi, then Eiden to Kibuneguchi Station, and from there you still have a short bus ride or a 30-minute walk to get to it. The closest station is Eiden’s Kibuneguchi.
As with Kifune Shrine, Kurama Temple is in north Kyoto, so the autumn leaves here can be seen earlier than in the city center. The closest station is Eiden’s Kurama Station, although this temple has a special trick up its sleeve: Kurama Temple is the only religious entity in the word that operates its own railway. So be sure to also ride the cable car!