Kyoto Temples, Shrines, and Autumn Leaves
Make Kyoto’s beautiful temples and shrines the places you’ll be enjoying the fall foliage at!
Also, if you take the opportunity to go up the Sanmon gate, you will see a complete view of the forest of trees that colors the temple grounds. If you have the time, why not go and take a look for yourself.
However, although the steps are favored by many visitors, we recommend the Kodai Benzaiten hall found next to the main hall. Here you will find the beautiful combination of a torii shrine gate and dazzling autumn leaves. There are other spots where you can get a similar pairing, but as this torii gate isn’t overly large, you can capture it in its entirety even with a phone camera and get some really wonderful pictures.
This spot may not feature a sprawling vista of maple trees, but it does have a naturally calming, quiet beauty to it. For those who want to enjoy a more peaceful autumn, then we recommend making your way to the Unryū-in Temple.
The autumn foliage can be enjoyed from just about anywhere in the temple grounds. However, a particularly outstanding spot is the small Bentendo hall. On sunny days, the radiant crimson of the bridge and of the hall reflect off the water like a mirror, creating the most dazzlingly beautiful scene.
If you can, we highly suggest visiting on a clear day!
When blanketed in fallen leaves, the path leading to the main hall becomes wrapped in a gentle, almost cleansing, beauty. The experience of pausing in a serene Zen Temple and taking the time to soak in the beauty of the fall foliage is truly like no other.
At Kōtō-in Temple you can enjoy the beauty of fallen autumn leaves to their fullest, so we recommend this temple to anyone with an affinity for piles of leaves.
Usually, the shrine sees more visitors during the later hours of the day, so if you’re looking to catch an unobstructed glimpse of this magnificent scene, then we recommended getting up bright and early.
The fallen leaves floating on the river that flows below the bridge is an outstanding sight to see as well. When crossing the bridge, make sure to take the time to peer down and take in this scene too.