Nov. 15, 2019 UPDATE

Momiji Leaf Tunnel Illumination

Traveler Friendly
Trains can be very crowded during the event period, but worthwhile experience for foreign visitors!
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
Kurama & Kibune Popular
PeriodNovember 2 - 24, 2019
6748 19 10 1 reviews
Nov. 15, 2019 UPDATE

Momiji Leaf Tunnel Illumination

Traveler Friendly
Trains can be very crowded during the event period, but worthwhile experience for foreign visitors!
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
Kurama & Kibune Popular
6748 19 10 1 reviews
PeriodNovember 2 - 24, 2019
Story & Recommendation
Dreamy illuminated tunnel of autumn maple leaves along Eizan Railway
If in Kyoto in autumn, you cannot miss Momiji (maple leaves) viewing. The entire city finds itself awash in deep red and gold at the end of November. A standard way of enjoying Momiji in Kyoto is visiting temples and shrines to view autumn leaves as a backdrop of these historical monuments. On the other hand, there are various ways of seeing autumn leaves that can be experienced in Kyoto. Eizan Railway runs a short railway from Demachiyanagi Station up to the towns of Kibune and Kurama, located north and deep in the heart of Kyoto. The railway has an archway named Momiji Leaf Tunnel, stretching between Ichihara Station and Ninose Station and both sides of the track are covered by maple leaves. During the fall foliage season, Momiji Leaf Tunnel is specially lit up with spotlights and passengers can see mystical maple leaves from train windows. About 280 maple trees on both sides of the track overlapping one another in a dark night provides a magnificent panorama that can only be enjoyed in this event. A number of passengers take a ride to witness this admired illumination during the event month.
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Heba Ghanaiem
Nov. 27, 2017
Details
Event time
Momiji Leaf Tunnel is lit up from sunset to around 9:00 pm during the event days.
Price range
Train fare to Kurama Station through the Momoji Leaf Tunnel from Demachiyamagi Station is 420 yen both for the regular trains and Kirara trains.
Credit cards
Not accepted
Other
The areas around the Kibune and Kurama towns have a cold temperature compared to the center of Kyoto during the Momiji viewing period. Please keep yourself warm with outer clothes during the nighttime illumination at the end of November.
For the operating schedule of the Kirara trains, please contact Eizan Railway at +81 75-781-5121. Since Japanese language inquiries are only accepted, you are advised to ask Your hotel concierge desk for help.
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