Aug. 17, 2021 UPDATE
The first day of summer in Kyoto
The spots in Kyoto with the best spring greenery
When you hear the word “maple,” many of you probably think of autumn leaves. But maple leaves are not only that, the yellow and red leaves of autumn, but they are also vivid, green leaves you can see in the beginning of summer. Kyoto is, of course, famous for its many great places to see autumn leaves, but that also means that Kyoto is a great place to see the vivid leaves of spring. Just after the cherry blossoms scatter, the season of vivid greenery starts in Kyoto, and lasts until the time of autumn leaves.
Looking at the vividly green maple leaves makes you forget all about the humid summer, and feel cool and refreshed.
One reason why I would like to recommend the spring greenery season is that there are not as many people and it is not as crowded as during the autumn leaves. The best time to see spring greenery is also long, from the end of April to July or even August, so they can be enjoyed for a long time.
One way of enjoying Kyoto when the summer is beginning is to go see the spring greenery. You are sure to feel refreshed after going to these four spots I chose for you:
Tofuku-ji TempleTofuku-ji Temple is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto. The way the Tsuten Bridge stands out from amidst the green maple leaves is spectacular.
When it is time for autumn leaves, the temple of Tofuku-ji is almost overcrowded with tourists, but if you go to see the spring greenery you can see them at your own pace and relax without having to worry about the crowds.
Nanzen-ji TempleNanzen-ji Temple is famous for the retro-feeling Suiro-kaku aqueduct and the huge Sanmon Gate. After the end of the cherry blossom season, the maple trees on the temple grounds all turn to vivid greens and signal the coming of summer. The grounds of Nanzen-ji Temple are really vast and spacious, and there are really many trees planted on it, so you can feel like you were surrounded by maple trees. The temple is a famous sightseeing spot, but there are not that many people this season.
Eikan-do TempleEikan-do Temple is so famous for its maples that it is sometimes called “Eikan-do of the maples,” so of course it is also really beautiful during the spring greenery season. This famous temple had around 3,000 maple trees on its premises, and looking at these and the temple buildings together is something very enjoyable, and Eikan-do can be easily accessed from Nanzen-ji Temple, so I would like to recommend you go to both of them.
Honen-in TempleHonen-in is a small temple just by Ginkaku-ji Temple. This temple is not that famous, but the thatched roofs of its buildings and the white sand of its rock gardens, contrasted with the almost sparkling vivid green of maple leaves is something I wish everyone would get to see.
Jisso-in TempleLastly, we have a temple that offers a way of enjoying the maple leaves that is a bit out of ordinary. The way that the green maple leaves of Jisso-in Temple are reflected on the black floor of the temple is something truly breathtaking. (Please note that taking pictures of this room is forbidden at the temple.)
These are the spring greenery spots in Kyoto I would like to recommend for you, Sharing Kyoto readers. Of course, there are many other places also great for spring greenery, so no matter where you go in Kyoto during this season, you are sure to get an invigorating spring greenery experience!