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Arashiyama Autumn Foliage Spots

[2023] You can't miss it! 10 Best Places to View the Autumn Foliage in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama is a popular tourist destination in Kyoto, where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the four seasons. Especially during the season of autumn leaves from mid-November to early December, the area attracts many tourists. In this issue, we will introduce some of the most popular autumn foliage spots in Arashiyama.

1.[Enjoy the autumn leaves while feeling the elegance of the Heian period at Nomiya Shrine.

Known as the god of marriage, Nomiya Shrine was the place where the Saio, the Saio's wife who served the Ise Jingu Shrine, purified herself during the Heian period (794-1185), and is a historic shrine that was described in the Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).
Visitors can feel the elegance of the Heian period when they visit the temple grounds surrounded by a black wooden torii gate and a small shibagaki fence. In autumn, the sky is decorated with maple trees, which contrast fantastically with the black torii gate. The shrine is also a place to recall the autumn foliage viewing that the aristocrats of the Heian period must have enjoyed.

Nonomiya Shrine

Best time to see/usually mid-November to late November
Visiting hours/9:00-17:00
admission feeFree of charge

Nonomiya Shrine

  • Nonomiya Shrine
  • 1 Saganomiyacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 minutes walk from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
  • Tel.075-871-1972

2.An ideal world [Jojakkoji Temple] illuminated by the penetrating light piercing through the autumn leaves.

The approach to the 12-meter-high Dabotou (pagoda) at Jojakkoji Temple is decorated with autumn leaves.
It is said that the villa "Shiguretei" of the Heian period poet Fujiwara no Teika was once located here. The approach to the temple, past the gate, Niomon gate, and the main hall, leads to a pagoda with a magnificent panoramic view of Kyoto.

Jojakkoji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple

Best time to see/usually mid-November to late November

Special visit to the Main Hall
Period of visitation / November 18 (Sat.) to 27 (Mon.), 2023
Visiting hours/9:00-16:00
Entrance fee/500 yen (required separately from the entrance fee)

Jojakkoji Temple

  • Jojakoji
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Ukyo Ward, Saga Ogurayama Oguramachi 3
  • 9 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Saga Elementary School Mae"
    16 minutes on foot from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-0435

3.Karesansui (dry landscape garden) and Buddhist statues at Saga's Rikao-in Temple

[Rikao-in Temple was originally a pagoda built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1379 to commemorate the founding of Hodan-ji Temple. Hodan-ji Temple was destroyed during the Onin War, but Rakao-in Temple is said to be the only one that survived. The main image of Shakyamuni Buddha and the statues of the ten great disciples have been handed down from the time of the temple's construction. The ten large disciples, with their brightly colored statues, are said to be by Unkei. The approach straight after the temple gate is the best place to view the autumn leaves.

Rokuo-in Temple
Rokuo-in Temple

©Katsuhiko Mizuno, Kaoin Temple, Autumn leaves at night

Best time to visit: Late November to early December

Special Evening Viewing
Period of visitation: November 10 (Fri.) - December 17 (Sun.), 2023 *Closed on Mondays
Hours: 17:30~20:00 (last admission at 19:30)
Entrance fee: 2,500 yen (with tea and original Japanese confectionery) *On weekdays, Kyogen (Japanese comic storytelling) will be performed to entertain visitors.
*Reservations must be made in advance.herefrom

Rokuo-in Temple

  • Rokuouin
  • 24 Sagakitahoricho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 6 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-1645

4.You can see various expressions of autumn leaves at Daikakuji Temple.

A temple of flowers and heart sutra [Daikakuji] that conveys the refinement and beauty of the dynastic culture in Saga.
Known as the flower temple where ikebana originated, Daikakuji Saga chrysanthemums are grown independently to a height of 2 meters so that they can be viewed from the palace. At the Saga Chrysanthemum Exhibition held every November, you can enjoy elegant viewing of chrysanthemums together with the natural scenery of Saga colored with autumn leaves.

Daikakuji Osawa Pond in autumn
Daikakuji Temple

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December

Autumn Special Viewing "Autumn Masterpiece Exhibition: Rare Treasures from Daikakuji Temple - Eternal History, Inherited Thoughts -" (Japanese only)
Period of visitation / October 13, 2023 (Fri.) - December 4, 2023 (Mon.)
Visiting hours/9:00-17:00 (Last entry/16:30)
Admission/ Adults 800 yen, Junior high and high school students 600 yen *Including admission fee to the hall area.
Oosawaike Pond Light-up
Period of visitation / November 17 (Friday) to December 3 (Sunday), 2023
Opening hours: 17:30 - 20:30 (reception closes at 20:00) *Day and night shifts are available.
Admission/ Adults 900 yen, Elementary, Junior high and High school students 500 yen *With novelty gift *Daytime visitors also need to pay a separate admission fee.

Daikakuji Temple

  • Daikakuji
  • 4 Saga Osawacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from Daikakuji bus stop
    20-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-871-0071

5.Nison-in Temple, known as the "Baba of Autumn Leaves," is famous for its autumn foliage.

A temple associated with Honen Shonin in Saga [Nison-in]. The temple was built by Jikaku Daishi during the Jowa period (843-848) at the request of Emperor Saga. The temple is located at the foot of Mt. Ogura, which is also mentioned in the Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems), and its name derives from the two statues of Shaka Nyorai and Amida Nyorai that are the principal images of the temple. The temple has a strong connection with Honen Shonin, as he lived and preached the Dharma here in the early Kamakura Period. The approach to the temple past the main gate is called "Baba (autumn leaves)" and is famous for its autumn foliage.

Nison-in Temple
Nison-in Temple

Best time to visit: Late October to early December

Special Grand Opening of the Temple Treasure, "Twenty-Five Bodhisattvas Raiyorai Zu" (The Twenty-Five Bodhisattvas Raiyorai Zu)
Period of visitation: October 28 (Sat.) - December 3 (Sun.), 2023
Visiting hours/9:00-16:30 (last reception)
Entrance fee/ General admission: 1,000 yen

Nison-in Temple

  • Nisonin
  • 27 Nagagami-cho, in front of the gate of Saga Nisonin, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 10-minute walk from the bus stop "Saga Shakado-mae"
    19 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-0687

6.Autumn leaves of the Hozugawa River Gorge viewed from the train window [Sagano Trolley Train]

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.

trolley car

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December

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Illusion Train of Light
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)

7.Bogon-in Temple has a beautiful strolling garden with Arashiyama as a borrowed scenery.

One of the Tenryuji temple's pagoda temples [Hogonin], founded in 1461 (Kansei 2).
Normally closed to the public, the garden is open for special viewing from early October and lit up in November when the autumn foliage season begins. Shishikaro-no-niwa," a circular landscape garden with Arashiyama in the background, is a famous garden that was recorded in "Miyako Rinsen Meisho Zue," a guide to famous places in Kyoto during the Edo period (1603-1868).

Hogon-in Temple
Hogon-in Temple

Best time/usually late November to early December

Autumn special viewing
Period of visitation / Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Sunday, December 10, 2023
Hours of visit/9:00-17:00 (last admission/16:45), Main Hall - 16:30 (last admission)
Admission: 700 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students, separate admission fee to the main hall is required.
Autumn Night Special Viewing
Period of visitation / Saturday, November 11, 2023 - Sunday, December 3, 2023
Hours: 17:30 - 20:30 (last admission at 20:00) *Perfectly changeable day and night hours
Entrance fee: Adults 1,000 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen

Hogon-in Temple

  • Hogon Inn
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City
  • Immediately from the bus stop "Arashiyama Tenryu-ji Mae"
    5 minutes walk from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
    10 minutes walk from JR "Saga-Arashiyama Station" or Hankyu "Arashiyama Station"
  • Tel.075-861-0091

8.Scattered autumn leaves fold in on themselves, turning the entire area a deep red [Gionji Temple].

Gion-ji Temple in Saga is a temple of the Daikakuji school of the Shingon sect, famous for the tragic love story in "The Tale of the Heike". It is said that Gion-ji Temple is where Gion-o and other women who were once favored by Taira no Kiyomori spent their last years of life. In autumn, the moss garden is covered with many scattered autumn leaves, turning the entire area a deep red.

Gio-ji Temple
Gio-ji Temple

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December

Visiting hours/9:00-16:30 (last admission)
admission feeAdults: 300 yen, Junior high and high school students: 100 yen
*Common admission ticket for Gio-ji and Daikaku-ji 600 yen (adults only, excluding Osawaike area)

Gio-ji Temple

  • Gioji
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Ukyo Ward, Saga Torii Honkosakacho 32
  • 15-minute walk from the bus stop "Saga Shakado-mae"
  • Tel.075-861-3574

9.Overlooking the autumn leaves of Gurean Gorge in vivid red [Daihikaku Senkouji Temple]

Daikikaku Senko-ji Temple on Arashiyama overlooks the ancient city of Yamashisuimei. In the fall, the temple overlooks the Kame-arashi-kyo gorge, which is colored a brilliant red. From the Kyakuden (guest hall) built on the rock face, one can enjoy a panoramic view of not only the city of Kyoto, but also the 36 peaks of Higashiyama and Mount Hiei.

Daihikaku Senkoji Temple
Daihikaku Senkoji Temple

Best time/usually late November to early December

Entry Time/10:00~16:00
mountain entry fee/400 yen

Daihikaku Senkoji Temple

  • Daihaku Senkouji
  • 62 Arashiyama Nakaoshitacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 14 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Arashiyama Park"
    17 minutes on foot from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
  • Tel.075-861-2913

10.Arashiyama [Tenryu-ji Temple] Fall in love with the beauty of Sogenchi Garden

[Tenryu-ji Temple was built in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji to mourn the loss of Emperor Godaigo, and is the site of the Zen temple Danrin-ji, which was founded by Tachibana Kachiko, Empress of Emperor Saga, known as Empress Danrin.
In the past, Arashiyama, Togetsu Bridge, and Kameyama Park on the west side of Tenryuji Temple were also part of the temple grounds. The Sogen-ike Garden, which retains the appearance of the garden created by Muso Kokushi about 700 years ago, changes with the seasons, and is tinted with autumn leaves in fall.

Tenryu temple

Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December

Early morning visit to Sogen Pond Garden
Worship Period / Saturday, November 11, 2023 - Thursday, November 30, 2023
Hours of visitation/7:30~ *Normally 8:30~.
Garden visitation fee/500 yen

Tenryu temple

  • Tenryuji
  • Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City
  • Immediately from Randen "Arashiyama Station"
    13 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-881-1235
*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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