Kyoto's Best Autumn Leaf Spots
Each spot we’ve listed below have autumn leaves as far as the eye can see and feature that wonderful autumn feeling.
Looking out over the trees from the Tsuten-bashi walkway is one of the highlights of Tōfuku-ji Temple.
The best time to visit Tōfuku-ji Temple for the autumn foliage is from mid-November to early December. During this period you’ll be able to catch deep red leaves like those in the picture above.
Tōfuku-ji Temple is also known for its “Chirimomiji,” a beautiful carpet of fallen maple leaves that can be caught in early December.
One of the must-see things at Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the view from the three-storied Koyasu pagoda of the magnificent main hall. From here you will be able to see the colorful red autumn leaves together with a complete view of the temple’s famous stage.
The best time for viewing the fall leaves at Kiyomizu-dera Temple is late November. During this time, the temple will be lit up at night, so you will be able to enjoy the beautiful foliage at any time of day.
*Due to renovations to the main hall scheduled to continue until 2020, the main section, known as the stage, is surrounded by scaffolding. However, this does not affect the viewing of the surrounding foliage.
The best time for viewing the fall foliage at Eikan-dō Temple is late November to around early December.
The best time to catch the foliage is around mid to late November; however, the fall leaves of early December are just as beautiful and it's worth going during this time just to see the fall leaves blanketing the cobblestone steps and moss.
Usually, the best time to see the autumn leaves here is from mid to late November, so if you make your way here then we’re sure you’ll be able to catch the magnificent maple leaf arch. Also, if you come in early December, just after peak season, you’ll be able to see the blanket of fallen leaves that completely cover the path to the temple.
The trees which can be seen from within the palace match perfectly with the walls of the building and give the area a beautifully Japanese atmosphere. Additionally, from the northern garden of the palace, you’ll be able to see the five-storied pagoda standing tall over carefully tended to garden.
Aim for mid-November to early December to see the colorful leaves of the Ninna-ji Temple.