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Top 10 popular Autumn leaves spots in Kyoto 2018

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Top 10 popular Autumn leaves spots in Kyoto 2018

Overview

 As a forcast of the autumn leaves in Kyoto 2018, Kyoto Goat choose top 10 sites among popular Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

 Entrance fee, opening hours, and the other things on these cites are subject to be  changed. Please check official website of them.

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#1 Eikando temple a.k.a. Zenrinji temple 永観堂(禅林寺)

Overview

永観堂の見返り阿弥陀像

  Eikando, also known as Zenrinji temple is the most famous autumn leaves site in Kyoto. It has about 3,000 maple trees in the area and is sometimes referred as “Eikando, the autumn leaves.” In the main hall, “Turning-around Amidaba.”

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!
永観堂紅葉・ライトアップ2018/Autumn leaves in Eikando

Fall Foliage 永観堂の紅葉

The garden

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 At Eikando, we are in the midst of stunning autumn colors like green, purple, red, and yellow. It never failed to take our breath away and to come up to our expectations. We cannot have such amazing experience in any other places.

永観堂の紅葉2016

 At the red alien in the map, we can admire the most amazing autumn leaves in Eikando. The ginkos and maples fell at the same time. Both of them still contain water and have fresh colors. The photo was taken in 2016. To our regret, they didn’t fall at the same time in 2017.

永観堂の紅葉2016

 At the purple alien, we can see many colors.

永観堂の紅葉

 At the vemilion alien, we can enjoy pale colors.

Illumination

永観堂のライトアップ2016

At night time, Eikando is illuminated. This year’s schedule was not yet announced.

The schedule in 2017:From November 7th to December 6th. From18:00~21:00

It would be better to be Eikando before 18:00 because people wait in line in front of the entrance.

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~

How to get to Eikando temple?

From JR Kyoto station

At subway Kyoto station, take Karasuma line to Karasuma Oike station. At Karasuma Oike station, change train to subway Tozai line to Keage station. It takes about 15 minutes from Keage station to Eikando.

Kyoto city bus

NO.5 Nanzenji Eikando michi bus stop.

No.32、93、100、102、203、204 Higashi temno cho bus stop.

Attention In the autumn leaves season, buses, mostly No.5、100、102 are often crowded. It would be better to go to Eikando by train. If you wanted more information, check the link below.

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#2 Tofukuji temple 東福寺

Overview

  Tofukuji used to be famous for cherry blossoms. In Muromachi period (1336 – 1573), cherry blossom trees replaced with Maple trees. Now it is one of the most popular place to admire autumn leaves in Kyoto.

Around Tsuten bashi bridge

東福寺の紅葉東福寺の紅葉

 At the red alien in the map, there is a bridge named Tsuten bashi. It is located outside of Tofukuji temple. Last two years, it is prohibited to take photo on it. These photos are take couples of years ago.

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 After the entracne, we can see the beatiful leaves as those of Eikando’s.

Zen garden

東福寺の紅葉2016

東福寺の紅葉2016

At the blue alien, we can enjoy moss-zen garden composed by Mirei Shigemori, a famous garden designer in the 20th century.

東福寺 八相の庭

 At green alien, we glace the autumn leaves far from the Zen garden.

About Tofukuji temple

Name: Enichizan Tofukuji 慧日山東福寺 

Adress  Honcho15−778, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto city 〒605-0981

Phone No. 075-561-0087

FAX No.  075-533-0621

Website Tofukuji official

Usual Opeining hours 

April~October 9:00~16:00

November~Early December 8:30~16:00

Late December 9:00~15:30

Entrance fee Adult 400 yen

Time required 1hour~

How to get to Tofukuji temple?

About 10 minutes walk from JR/Heihan Tofukuji station.

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#3 Kitano Tenmangu shrine 北野天満宮

Overview

 Kitanotenmangu enshrines the Deity of study and very popular for students. Adjacent to the area of it, there is Odoi. Odoi is a bank made by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to tell the inside and the outside of the ancient Kyoto city. Today, we can enjoy autume foliage on it.

北野天満宮の紅葉

北野天満宮の紅葉

 At Kitano Tenmangu shrie, we can admire very vivid red and vermilion leaves.

北野天満宮の紅葉

 Adjacent to Kitano Tenmangu shrie, there is a Kamiyagawa river and its bank. On the bank, we have a good view of the halls of the shrine with autumn leaves.

Illumination

北野天満宮の紅葉ライトアップ北野天満宮の紅葉ライトアップ

 At night time, the autumn leaves are dimly illunimated. Many illumination events are usually artificial but it is not the case with the illumination in Kitano Tenmangu.

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

Time required 1hour~

How to get to Kitano Tenmangu shrine?

Kyoto City Bus

No.50、101、102、203 Kitano tenmangu mae bus stop.

Randen (Keifuku rail way) Kitano Hakubaico station.

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#4 Kinkakuji temple 金閣寺

Overview

 Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden pavilion, was built in the 14th century by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga Shogunate.

 The building in gold is called Shariden. It is plastered with genuine gold and a typical architecture of Kitayama culture.

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金閣寺紅葉ツアー:京都ヤギガイド

Shari-den

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 In front of Shari-den we have a few maple trees in our sight.

金閣寺の紅葉

 We can have a front view of Shari-den behind the fence. There usually many people around the fence. Just wait there and you can have a good veiw of Shari-den.

金閣寺の紅葉 2016

On the other hand, behind the Shari-den, there are many maple trees.

金閣寺の紅葉

Behind the Shariden, there are a samll hill. From there, Shari-den seems as though it floated among the maple trees.

The approach

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 In Kinkakuji is famous for Shariden but we can also enjoy amazing autumn colors at its approach.

About Kinkakuji temple

Name: Hokuzan Rokuonji

Adress  Kinkakuji cho1, Kita ward, Kyoto city 〒603-8361

Phone No. 075-461-0013

Website Kinkakuji official (Japanese language only)

Usual Opeining hours 9:00~17:00

Entrance fee: Adult 400 yen

Time required 1hour~

How to get to Kinkakuji temple?

Kyoto City bus

No. 12、59、101、204、205 Kinkakuji michi bus stop

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#5 Ginkakuji temple 銀閣寺

Overview

  Ginkakuji is also known as the Silver pavilion, was built in the 15th century by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th Shogun of Ashikaga Shogunate. On the contrary to Kinkakuji, it has never been plastered with silver.

The Ultimate Ginkakuji Temple Guide in Kyoto 銀閣寺 京都 英語
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Around Kannnon-den

銀閣寺の紅葉

 After the entrance of the garden, we have a fornt veiw of Kannnon-den, also known as Ginkakuji temple.The peculiar thing in the garden is that we never lose the sight of Kannnon-den.

銀閣寺の紅葉

In the front view, there are many pine trees.

銀閣寺の紅葉

On the other hand, in side and back view, there are many beautiful trees. The maple trees in Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji are planted in the same technique: To focus on Shari-den or Kannnon-den, there are a few maple trees in front of them.

銀閣寺の紅葉銀閣寺の紅葉

 In the garden, there are also many pine trees and a few maple trees.

On Tsuki machi Yama

銀閣寺の紅葉

  On Tsuki machi Yama, a hill in the garden, we have good view of the whole garden.

About Ginkakuji temple

Name  Tozan Jisyoji

Adress  Ginkakuji cho2, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city 〒606-8402

Phone No. 075-771-5725

Fax No.   075-771-5439

Website Ginkakuji official (Japanese language only)

Opeining hours 

March~November 8:30~17:00

December~Feburary 9:00~16:30

Entrance fee: Adult 500 yen

Time required 1hour~

How to get to Ginkakuji temple

Kyoto city bus

No. 32 and 100: Ginkakuji mae bus stop. Blue bus annotation.

No. 17, 203, and 204: Ginkakuji michi bus stop Red bus annotations.

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