Kyoto Autumn Hikes
Here we’ll introduce the best fall spots for picnics, hikes, and everything in between.
All places introduced below are great for enjoying the autumn leaves and are a little far from central Kyoto. Enjoying fall leaves while basking in nature; now that’s what I call hitting two birds with one stone!
All right then, let’s show you what‘s on our list then!
The grounds of the Kurama Temple are absolutely full of spots to catch the autumn leaves. As you climb the stairs to the temple, the scenery and leaves around you transform with each new step.
Once at the main hall, continue past it and head deeper into the temple grounds. The path that extends behind the hall will be the start of the hike to the Kifune Shrine. The “kinone michi” or road of roots, is the highlight of this hike
If the hike tired you out, then you can also catch a bus to the station. Also, during this season, you’ll be able to travel through a tunnel of autumn leaves and enjoy the warm colors of the trees from within the comfort of the Eizan Electric Railway. With this, the route introduced here truly allows you to enjoy the feeling of autumn up until the very end.
Travel time: Kurama Station –Kifune Shrine: 120 minutes
Best time of year: Early to late November
Travel time: Jingo-ji Temple – Kiyotaki: 120 minutes
Leading to the Ujigami Shrine, the Sawarabi-no-michi road is situated right by the Keihan Line’s Uji Station. The area around the station seems like a residential area that stretches for quite some time, but if you make your way up the road, you’ll find yourself at the Ujigami Shrine. If you continue even further up the road, you’ll find the entrance to Mt. Buttoku. From here the Mt. Buttoku hiking trail begins.
Also, for those wanting to enjoy some greenery, but don’t want to climb all the way up a mountain, then we suggest checking out the Uji River. From there, you’ll be able to see the magnificent scenery of the blazing red hills that surround the city.
Best time of year: Late November to early December
Travel time: Sawarabi-no-michi to the observation deck: 40 minutes