Take it slowly on Randen tram and see the autumn leaves
The temple grounds of Ninna-ji are vast and there’s a lot to see. You get to see most of the temple for free, but need to pay to enter the garden. While this does cost a few hundred yen, it’s highly recommended as the view of the Five-Storied Pagoda from the garden in autumn is stunning. The closest Randen station is Omuro Ninnaji Station.
Consider also ordering a cup of matcha tea here; as you get to sip it while you view the beautiful garden. Matcha here is 500 yen and comes with a traditional Japanese sweet. The closest Randen Station is Toji-in.
The shrine is also famous for its connections with the god of learning, so its said that if you pat one of the cow statues of the shrine, you will get to be wiser. The closest Randen station is Kitano Hakubaicho Station.
The highlight of the temple is the long path leading to the main hall which is lined by maple trees, so it’s even more beautiful in autumn. This path looks especially beautiful when some of the autumn leaves have already started falling, as during this peak time everything around you will be red, no matter which way you look.