Best 5 Autumn Leaves Spots You Must Visit in Kyoto




Kyoto has many autumn color spots. Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple are popular tourist spots not only in autumn but also in other seasons, so we are going to introduce best 5 autumn leaves spots, excluding Kiyomizudera and Kinkakuji.




No.1 Eikando



Eikando is very famous for the beautiful autumn leaves. It was named “Eikando of the Autumn Leaves” for the beauty. Eikando is illuminated at night and you’ll be amazed at the scenery. At night, we recommend you to visit the Hojo Pond, attractive spot during the autumn in the Eikando.








The Hojo Pond




 Best Time

 to See


mid-November ~ late November


 Operating  Hours (Day Time) 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m., closed at 5:00 p.m.


(Night Time) 5:30 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m., closed at 9:00 p.m. (Nov.6 ~ Dec. 3, 2015)






Adult: JPY 1,000

Child (6~18 years) : JPY 400



Eikando-cho 48, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto


















No.2 Nanzenji Temple


Of course, the temple’s main ground is popular autumn color spot but the sub temples, Nanzen-in and Tenju-an are very famous. Tenju-an is illuminated at night, so you can enjoy the combination of autumn leaves, Japanese rock garden and illumination.















 Best Time

 to See

Late November ~ early December
 Operating  Hours  

(Day Time) 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

(Night Time) 5:30 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m. (Nov. 15 ~ Nov.30)


 Closed None

Day Time

Adult: JPY 400

High school student: JPY 300

Elementary and junior high school student: JPY 200


Night Time

Adult: JPY 500

High school student: JPY 400

Elementary and junior high school student: JPY 300



86-8 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture


 Tel. 075-771-0365

(Nanzen-ji Temple)











No.3 Kodaiji Temple


This temple was built the legal wife of Hedeyoshi Toyotomi, a very famous warrior in Japan. Of course, the autumn leaves seen in the day time are beautiful but seen at night are more gorgeous. The water reflects the leaves and the beauty of the reflection is breathtaking.













 Best Time

 to See

late November ~ early December
 Operating Hours 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 20 ~ Dec. 10: 9:00 a.m. ~ 9:30 p.m.

Illumination; After sunset to 9:30pm (entrance closing)

 Closed Typically none
 Fee Adult: JPY 600

High and junior high school student: JPY 250

 Address 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku,


 Tel. (075)561-9966









No.4 Togetsukyo Bridge (Arashiyama)


Arashiyama is one of the famous tourist spots in Kyoto, like Kiyomizu Temple and Kinkakuji Temple. When the trees turn red, the mountain changes the appearance. Togetsukyo Bridge, which represents Arashiyama, is illuminated at night during the foliage season.













 Best Time

 to See

Late November ~ early December
 Fee Free
 Address Tenryuji-susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
 Tel. 075-861-0012 (Arashiyama-Hoshokai)










No.5 Tofukuji Temple


Tofukuji is also very famous for autumn leaves in Kyoto. The view from Tsutenkyo Bridge is beautiful and the view of Tsutenkyo is also impressive. The temple gets very crowded in autumn.






 Best Time

 to See

mid-November ~ late November
 Operating  Hours 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. (April to October)

8:30 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. (November to early December)

9:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m. (early December to March)

Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

 Fee JPY 400 (Tsutenkyo Bridge and Kaisando Hall)

(Elementary and junior high school student: JPY 300)

 Address 15 Hon-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
 Tel. 075-561-0087











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