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The autumn leaves in Kyoto 2018: An Autumn Leaves Odyssey

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Overview

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 You may have seen landmarks in beautiful red maple leaves but a few places have them actually. In this article, I’ll show you an itinerary to enjoy bright and crystal clear red autumn leaves in Kyoto around mid-November, the highest season for autumn leaves.

 We visit Eikando temple, Konkai Komyoji temple, Kitano tenmangu shrine, Nisonin temple, and Tenjuan temple. At Tenjuan temple, we enjoy the illumination of maple trees.

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2018: An Autumn Leaves Odyssey in Kyoto

At 8:30, Keage station

  The tour starts at Keage station of Kyoto municipal Subway. Many guide books and websites recommend to you No.5 bus to get to Eikando temple but we don’t take it because it always crowded in this season.

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Eikando temple, the dawn of autumn leaves 永観堂

Overview

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 Eikando temple is the most famous and popular spot to enjoy autumn leaves in Kyoto. It has around 3,000 maple trees in it area. It enshrined peculiar  statue of Amitabha: the turning around Amitabha.

Crowded?・・・★★★★★ 5 of 5

Time required・・・80 minutes

The time table

Arrive at Eikando temple  8:45~9:00

Leave Eikando temple  10:30

The autumn leaves in Eikando temple

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 At red alien in the map, we can admire the vivid red.

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 The purple alien indicates the most adorable maple leaves to see. In the photo, red maple leaves and those of yellow ginko fall at the same time. It is one of rare and sperb moments in Eikando temple: they don’t always fall at the same time.

Eikando 永観堂, Zenrinji in Kyoto: The best autumn leaves and night illumination
Eikando/Zenrinji is the best autumn leaves and night illumination spot in Kyoto. The way to enjoy them, open hours, entrance fee, access are also available!

About Eikando temple

Name: Syujuu Raigozan Muryojyuin Zenrinji 聖衆来迎山無量寿院禅林寺  

De facto name: Eikando temple

Adress  Eikando cho 84, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 〒606-8445

Phone No. 075-761-0007

FAXNo. 075-771-4243

Website Eikando official

Usual Opeining hours 9:00~17:00(Etrance is closed at 16:00)

Entrance fee Adult 600 yen

Time required 1hour~

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Konkai Komyoji temple 金戒光明寺

Overview

 Konkai Komyoji is one of the most underrated places to enjoy autumn leaves in Kyoto.

We can admire them in silence even in the midst of fall.

Crowded?・・・★☆☆☆☆ 1 of 5

Time required・・・50 minutes

The time table

Arrive at Konkai Komyoji temple 10:45

Admire buildings and gardens 10:45~11:30

Supper 11:30~12:20

Leave Konkai Komyoji temple 12:20

Konkai Komyoji temple has a small restaurant. We can enjoy common Japanese food like Udon. If you wanted to have formal Bento or something, Enjoy them at Kamishichiken (pronounced “Kamihichiken” in Kyoto dialect) district near Kinano tenmangu, the next destination.

 Take No. 203 bus at Okazakimichi (the red bus annotation) or Okazakijinjya mae (the blue bus annotation) bus stop.

The autumn leaves in Eikando temple

Sanmon gate 三門

金戒光明寺の紅葉

  In front of Sanmon gate, there are vivid red maple leaves. We can enter the gate in fall though it is not open to public usually.

The garden 庭園

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 The red leaves in the garden is not same as those in front of the gate but they take our breath away.

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The red is indigenous to Konkai Komyoji!

Konkai komyoji temple 金戒光明寺: the overlooked autumn leaves in Kyoto
Konkai Komyoji temple is not popular site to visit but we can enjoy one of the most beautiful autumn leaves and illumination in Kyoto.

About Konkai Komyoji

Official name: Shiun-zan Konkai Komyoji 紫雲山金戒光明寺

De facto name: Kurodani-san 黒谷さん

Address: 121 Kurodani cho , Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 〒606-8331

Phone no. 075-771-2201

Fax no. 075-771-0836

Official Website : Konkai Komyoji official (Japanese language only)

Open hours : 9:00~16:00

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Kitano tenmangu Mission 北野天満宮

Overview

 Kitano tenmangu is also a underrated place to see autumn leaves. It has one of the most astonishing red maple leaves in Kyoto though people pay scarce attention to them.

Crowded?・・・★☆☆☆☆ 1 of 5

Time required・・・45 minutes

The time tables

Arrive at Kitanotenmangu shrine 13:15

Leave Kitanotenmangu shrine  14:00

Take train at Randen Kitano hakubaicho station 14:10

Arrive at Randen Arashiyama station 14:30

The autumn leaves in Kitano tenmangu shrine

北野天満宮の紅葉

 In the area of Kitano tenmangu shrine, there is a kind of river bank named “Odoi.” Odoi used to tell the border of the ancient Kyoto city. On the bank, we can see so bright red and yellow leaves.

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DO NOT MISS THEM!

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About Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Name: Kitano Tenmangu 北野天満宮 

Adress  Bakurocho, Kamigyo ward, Kyoto city

Phone No. 075-461-0005

FAX No. 075-461-6556

Website Kitano Tenmangu official

Usual Opeining hours 

5:30~17:30

Entrance fee: Free

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Nisonin temple 二尊院

Overview

 Nisonin temple named after two Buddhist Deity who send us to the next life. One of the most popular spots to enjoy autumn leaves in Arashiyama district.

Crowded?・・・★★★★☆ 4 of 5

Time required・・・45 minutes

The time table

Arrive at Randen Arashiyama station 14:30

Arrive at Nisonin temple 14:45

Leave Nisonin temple 15:30

Arrive at Hankyu Arashiyama station 16:00

Arrive at Subway Keage station about 17:30

Arrive at Randen Arashiyama station (the red annotation) 14:30

Arrive at Nisonin temple 14:45

Leave Nisonin temple 15:30

Arrive at Hankyu Arashiyama station (the blue annotation) 16:00

Arrive at Subway Keage station about 17:30

 

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From Hankyu Arashiyama station to Subway Keage station!

 Take Hankyu Arashiyama line to Katsura station. At Katsura station, take Hankyu Kyoto line to Karasuma station.

 At Subway Shijo station, take Subway Karasuma line to Karasuma Oike. At Karasuma Oike, take Subway Tozai line to Keage station.

The autumn leaves in Nisonin temple

二尊院紅葉の馬場二尊院の紅葉

To the main hall, we climb up the hill named “The stable of Autumn leaves.”

二尊院の紅葉

 On the hill, the main hall of Nisonnin temple is located. We can enjoy so vivid red leaves around there.

About Nison-in temple

Official name: Ogurayama Nison Kyoin 小倉山二尊教院

Address: 27 Saga Nison-in Monzenchojin cho, Ukyo ward, Kyoto city

Phone no. 075-861-0687

FAX no. 075-861-7972

Website; Nison-in official

Open hours: 9:00~16:30

Entrance fee: Adult 500 yen 

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The illumination at Eikando temple 永観堂ライトアップ

Overview

Crowded?・・・★★★★★ 5 of 5

Time required・・・75 minutes

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ATTENTION!

The illumination at Eikando temple is so popular that it is populated. Every year, the gate is open at 18:00 but people wait in line before it opens. Be there there as fast as you can.

The time table at Eikando temple

Arrive at Eikando temple: at least 17:45 

Leave Eikando temple 19:15

Arrive at Tenjuan temple 18:00

The illumination at Eikando temple

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 At night, the pathway in the garden become one-way and we cannot enter buildings.

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Tenjuan temple and beyond the infinite 天授庵

Overview

Tenju-an has a Zen garden designed by Kobori Ensyu, the famous garden designer in 17th century, and a stroll garden. We cannot enter the gardens at night.

Crowded?・・・★★★★★ 5 of 5

Time required・・・30 minutes

The illumination at Tenjuan temple

Zen garden 本堂前庭 (枯山水庭園)

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We admire the zen garden in Hojo building.

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 The maple leaves in Zen garden are always so warm. I’ve never seen such tender autumn leaves in other places.

The stroll garden

天授庵 書院南庭

 At Shoin building, we can enjoy the stroll garden. It has bamboo trees illuminated in green.

Tenjuan garden: Autumn leaves and night illumination in Kyoto. 天授庵の紅葉
The precise info on Tenjuan garden in fall; Autumn leaves, night illumination, zen garden, the best time to visit, and more!

About Tenjuan temple

Official name: Zuiho-zan Tenju-an 瑞龍山天授庵

Address: Nanzenji Fukujicho, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 〒606-8435

Phone no. 075-771-0744

Official Website : Not available. 

Open hours : 8:40~17:00

Entrance admission fee :Adult 400yen

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