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Autumn foliage spots

[2023] I want to visit again and again! 8 Best Places to View the Autumn Foliage in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most famous places in Japan for autumn foliage. Even if you have visited there once before, there are places of autumn foliage beauty that are so overwhelmingly beautiful that you will be impressed again and again. We hope you enjoy your visit in the refreshing autumn weather.

1.Sea of clouds with autumn leaves viewed from Tsutenkyo Bridge [Tofukuji Temple] / Higashiyama-ku, Tokyo

Tofukuji Temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism and boasts a magnificent temple complex.
From the Tsutenkyo Bridge in the precincts of the temple, which is also known as a famous autumn foliage viewing spot, visitors can see magnificent autumn foliage that looks like a sea of clouds from mid to late November. The valley, dyed in a variety of red and yellow colors by approximately 2,000 Iroha maples and maple trees, is breathtakingly beautiful.

Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple

Best time to see/usually mid-November to late November
Visiting hours
April to end of October / 9:00 to 16:30 (last entry / 16:00)
First Sunday of November-December / 8:30-16:30 (last admission / 16:00)
First Sunday in December through the end of March / 9:00 - 16:00 (last admission at 15:30)
admission fee
Tsutenkyo/Kaizando/adults 600 yen, children 300 yen
Tofukuji Honbo Garden (Hojo) / Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen
Tofukuji Honbo Garden (Hojo), Tsutenkyo Bridge, Kaisando (common admission ticket) / 1000 yen for adults, 500 yen for children
National Treasure Sanmon: Special Viewing / November 11, 2023 (Sat) - December 3, 2023 (Sun) Adults 1000 yen, Children 300 yen
Nighttime visit / November 18 (Sat.) to December 3 (Sun.), 2023, 2,800 yen *Reservations are required.

Tofukuji Temple

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  • 15-778 Honcho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Tofukuji"
    10 minutes walk from JR Tofukuji Station
  • Tel.075-561-0087

2.Eikando (Zenrin-ji Temple), famous for its "Eikando of maple trees" (Higashiyama-ku, Tokyo)

Officially called Zenrin-ji Temple, it was founded in 853 as a center for Shingon esoteric Buddhism by Shinshao-Monkazu, a disciple of Kobo Daishi (Kukai).
Since ancient times, the temple has been known as "Eikando of maple trees" and is famous for its autumn foliage. During the season, approximately 3,000 maple trees brightly illuminate the garden with its circular pond and the pagoda. In the fall, the temple holds an exhibition of temple treasures during the daytime, and at night it is lit up in turn.

Best time to see/usually mid-November to late November
Special Evening Viewing /November 3, 2023 (Friday, holiday) - December 3, 2023 (Sunday)
Visiting hours
Autumn exhibition of temple treasures/9:00-17:00 (last admission/16:00) ¥1,000 for adults, ¥400 for elementary, junior high and high school students
Light up/17:30-21:00 (last admission/20:30) Junior high school students and older: 600 yen *Changes are by reservation only
*No discount is available for lighting up.

Eikando (Zenrinji Temple)

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  • 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3-minute walk from the bus stop "Nanzenji Eikando-michi"
  • Tel.075-761-0007

3.Floating in a sea of red autumn leaves [Kiyomizu Temple] / Higashiyama-ku

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the representative temples of Kyoto.
From late November to early December, approximately 1,000 maple trees and mountain maples turn their leaves red, turning the temple grounds red. The contrast between the Okuno-in Temple and the main hall, known as the Kiyomizu-no-Butai (stage of Kiyomizu), is particularly striking. During the special nighttime viewing, the precincts are illuminated to create an ethereal atmosphere.

Best time/usually late November to early December
Visiting hours/6:00-18:00 (subject to seasonal variations)
admission feeAdults: 400 yen, Junior high school and elementary school students: 200 yen
Seijoin Moon Garden Special Open House / November 18 (Sat.) to 30 (Wed.), 2023 9:00 - 16:00, 18:00 - 20:30 (last admission) Adults 600 yen, elementary and junior high school students 300 yen
Special nighttime viewing / November 18 (Sat.) to November 30 (Thu.), 2023 17:30 to 21:00 (last admission) Adults 400 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen

Kiyomizu Temple

  • Kiyomizudera
  • 1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 13 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Kiyomizu"
  • Tel.075-551-1234

4.Beautiful autumn leaves like brocade [Kitano Tenmangu Shrine] / Kamigyo-ku, Tokyo

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane (Lord Suga), famous as the god of learning.
Lord Suga composed a poem, No. 24 in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems of Ogura), in which he expressed his admiration for the beautiful autumn leaves, which are as beautiful as brocade. The Doji, a palace built by Lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the Momoyama period (1573-1600), has become a popular "Maple Garden" with approximately 350 maple trees.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
Visiting hours7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maple Garden" Autumn Special Open House / October 28, 2023 (Sat) - December 10, 2023 (Sun) *Only the special open house will be extended for one week longer than originally planned.
Light up / November 11, 2023 (Sat) - December 3, 2023 (Sun) Sunset - 20:00 (last admission / 19:30)
No day/night changeover
admission feeAdults 1200 yen, children 500 yen *includes tea cakes

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

  • Kita no Tenmangu
  • Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minutes on foot from Randen "Kitano Hakubaicho Station"
    Short walk from "Kitano Tenmangu-mae" bus stop
  • Tel.075-461-0005

5.Autumn leaves and ginkgo trees adorn the castle [Nijo Castle]/Nakagyo-ku, Tokyo

Nijo Castle was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo shogunate.
The area is also known for its autumn foliage, with a variety of trees, including ginkgo and maple, turning beautiful colors. At night, "NAKED FLOWERS 2023 Autumn" will be held. The Karamon Gate, an important cultural property, and the inner moat will be decorated with spectacular projection mapping, and the autumn leaves and Naked's digital art will color the venue.

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
opening hours (of a castle, etc.)/ 8:45 - 16:00 (Closing time / 17:00)
*The Honmaru Palace is currently closed for conservation and repair work.
Ninomaru Palace viewing reception hours/8:45-16:10
admission fee(Adults 1,300 yen, junior high and high school students 400 yen, elementary school students 300 yen (including admission to Ninomaru Palace)
The Nijo Castle Paintings on the Barrier Paintings Exhibition and Collection" Autumn exhibition of original paintings "Chrysanthemum and Fan - 4-no-Ma~" / October 5 (Sat) - December 3 (Sun), 2023 9:00 - 16:45 (last admission/16:30) 100 yen *Admission fee is required *Free for children under elementary school age (open 4 times a year, for a total of 240 days)
NAKED FLOWERS 2023 Autumn / October 27 (Fri.) - December 3 (Sun.), 2023 18:00 - 22:00 (last admission at 21:00) *For more information, click here.

Former Imperial Villa Nijo Castle

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  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Nijo-dori, Horikawa Nishiiri, Nijo Castle Town 541
  • A short walk from Nijojo-mae Subway Station

6.Lanterns illuminate the autumn leaves [Kibune Shrine]/Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Kibune Shrine is dedicated to the deity Takakami-no-mikoto, who is in charge of water supply.
In early November, an arch of autumn leaves covers the approach to the shrine lined with vermilion-lacquered Kasuga lanterns, creating an exceptionally beautiful space. When the autumn leaves are lit up, the maple trees illuminated by the lights radiate a different beauty from that of the daytime.

Best time to see/usually mid-November to late November
Hours of Prayer/ 6:00 - 20:00 (December 1 - 18:00 on April 30)
Kibune Maple Lanterns, Kyoto's backstage area / November 3 (Fri., holiday) to November 26 (Sun.), 2023, 6:00 - 20:30
admission feeFree of charge

Kifune Shrine

  • Kifu screwja
  • 180 Kurama Kifunecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Bus from Eiden Kibuneguchi Station
    5 minutes on foot from "Kifune" bus stop
  • Tel.075-741-2016

7.The approach to the temple dyed in bright red [Bishamondo] / Yamashina Ward

Bishamondo] was formerly known as Izumo-ji Temple, which was built in 703 to the north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace by Emperor Temmu.
The sight of Teshizaka, the stone stairway leading to the Teshimon Gate, turning bright red is a sight to behold. Even after the best season has passed, visitors can enjoy the "Shiki-Momiji", commonly called "Shiki-Momiji", scattered along "Teshizaka".

Autumn leaves of Bishamondo
Autumn leaves of Bishamondo

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
Entry time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (gate closes at 5:00 p.m.)
Winter (Dec. 1-Feb. 31): 9:00-16:00 (gate closes at 16:30)
Admission fee/500 yen


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  • 18, Azu Inariyama-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 21 minutes walk from JR Yamashina Station
  • Tel.075-581-0328

8.Autumn leaves of Hozugawa Gorge viewed from the train window [Sagano Trolley Train]/Ukyo-ku

A sightseeing train [Sagano Trolley Train] using the old JR San-in Line.
The 7.3-km train ride between Arashiyama and Kameoka, with spectacular scenery flowing past the windows of the train, is a continuous source of excitement. The dynamic and fantastic scenery of the Hozugawa River Gorge and the vividly colored autumn leaves seen up close from the train windows can be enjoyed in a luxurious way. The exhilaration of the windowless "The Rich," which is only one of the five cars in the train, is particularly special. Don't miss the illumination of the Sagano Trolley Train, which makes the Hozugawa Gorge even more beautiful in the autumn foliage.

Sagano Romantic Train
Sagano trolley train illuminated "Illuminated Fantasy Train".

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
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Operation period: Mid-October to December 29, 2023 (Friday)
Hours of Operation / From 16:30 at Trolley Kameoka Station to the last train.
Fare: Adults 880 yen, Children 440 yen

Sagano Romantic Train

  • Sagano Truck Resha
  • Torokko Saga Station/Saga Tenryu-ji Kurimichi-cho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
    5 minutes walk from Randen "Saga Station"
  • Tel.075-861-7444 (Sagano Scenic Railway Telephone Service)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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