Fall Foliage Viewing Information

Tofuku-ji Temple

Tofuku-ji Temple is the first place that comes to mind for seeing autumnal leaves in Kyoto. Although the temple was known in the Muromachi era (fourteenth to sixteenth centuries) as a place to see cherry blossoms, the monks cut down the cherry blossom trees due to concerns that admirers would disturb their practice. In their place, maple trees multiplied until they reached the count today of some two thousand. In fall, many tourists come to Tsuten-kyo Bridge, the crossing of which is like crossing a sea of beautiful autumnal leaves. When you stand on the bridge, the colorful leaves completely blanket the ravine, a scene so astounding, it will take your breath away.

Tofuku-ji Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that the schedule is subject to change according to season.
The temple is closed around New Year's though the grounds are open for visiting.
Admission
There is no admission charge to the grounds. Admission for Tsuten-kyo Bridge, Kaisan-do Hall, Garden of the Hojo (the Abbot's Hall):
Adults: 400 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen
Address
15-778 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-561-0087
URL
http://www.tofukuji.jp/index2.html
Access
• Take Keihan Electric Railway to Tofuku-ji Temple. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take the JR Nara Line to Tofuku-ji Station. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 202/207/208 to the Tofuku-ji Temple bus stop.

Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji Temple stands quietly surrounded by trees. The autumn colors in Gozasho Garden, which is filled with graceful emotion, appear relatively early for Kyoto City, and the colors are widely known for their vividness. Although it is not large, as you walk along the corridor, the garden opens up before you.

Sennyu-ji Temple< Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until 4:00 p.m. from December through February)
Admission
Adults: 500 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen
Address
27 Sennyu-ji Yamanouchi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-561-1551
URL
http://www.mitera.org/
Access

• Take Keihan Electric Railway to Tofuku-ji Temple. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take the JR Nara Line to Tofuku-ji Station. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto Bus 202/207/208 to the Sennyu-ji-michi bus stop. It is a seven-minute walk.


Kiyomizu-dera Temple

A ravine known as Kinunkei beneath the veranda of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is filled with a sea of autumnal colors. Evening illumination is provided on some days.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special evening viewing: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. between November 10 and December 2, 2012
Admission
Adults: 300 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen
(400 yen for special evening admission)
Address
1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-551-1234
URL
http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/
Access
• Take Keihan Electric Railway to Gojo Station. It is a 25-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 100/202/206/207 to the Kiyomizu-michi or Gojo-zaka bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto Bus 83/85/87/88 to the Kiyomizu-michi or Gojo-zaka bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.

Kodai-ji Temple

The chisen kaiyu-style garden has a pond with autumn trees planted around it. During the fall leaf season, the area is lit up, creating a magical atmosphere with the bright colors of trees reflected in the pond.

Kodai-ji Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Night illumination: sundown to 9:30 p.m. from the end of October until the start of December
Admission
Adults: 600 yen
Junior high and high school students: 250 yen
Address
526 Kodai-ji Shimokawara-cho , Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-561-9966
URL
http://www.kodaiji.com/
Access
• Take Keihan Electric Railway to Gion-Shijo Station. It is a 15-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 100/202/206/207 to the Higashiyama Yasui bus stop. It is a five-minute walk.

Nanzen-ji Temple

When you climb up to Sanmon, one of the three great gates of Japan, the view of red-colored leaves can be enjoyed in 360 degrees. Kabuki fans may be familiar with Ishikawa Goemon's line inspired by this place: "A magnificent view! A magnificent view!" Inside the premises, the combination of the brick aqueduct and fall foliage is a popular place to snap photos because of its old-fashioned feel.

Nanzen-ji Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
8:40 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. (until 4:10 from December through February)
Closed from December 28 to 31.
Admission

There is no admission charge to the grounds.
Separate charges for Hojo Teien (Garden of the Abbot's Hall) and for San-mon Gate:
Adults: 500 yen
High school students: 400 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen

Address
Nanzen-ji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-771-0365
URL
http://nanzenji.com/
Access
• Take the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line to Keage Station. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5 to the Nanzen-ji Eika-do-michi bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/32/93/100/203/204 to the Higashi Tenno-cho bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.

Eikan-do Temple

The tree colors of autumn are so prominent here, Eikan-do Temple has been synonymous with autumn leaf viewing since days of yore. There are some three thousand maples on the grounds, which are lit up at night in fall. The temple grounds are on a mountain slope, and one never tires of the expansive premises that can be enjoyed, going up and down the walkways. Eikan-do Temple has an established reputation for beautiful fall colors even in "off" years for fall foliage.

Eikan-do Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Night illumination: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between November 11 and December 4, 2012
Admission
Adults: 600 yen (1000 yen peak)
Elementary to high school students: 400 yen (600 yen peak)
The peak period is the start of November to the start of December
Address
48 Eikan-do-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-761-0007
URL
http://www.eikando.or.jp/
Access
• Take the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line to Keage Station. It is a 15-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5 to the Nanzen-ji Eikan-do-michi bus stop. It is a three-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/12/46/100/203/204 to the Higashi Tenno-cho bus stop. It is an eight-minute walk.

Shinnyo-do Temple

Cherry blossom trees, maples, ginkgos and other trees fill the temple approach and the grounds with colors. From beside the well outside the main hall, the trees are red, yellow and green, an unusual lineup of distinct colors. When December arrives, the fallen leaves form a bright red carpet behind the main hall.

Shinnyo-do Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Admission
Adults: 500 yen High school students: 300 yen Junior high school students: 200 yen
Address
82 Jodo-ji Shinnyo-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-771-0915
URL
http://shin-nyo-do.jp/
Access
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/32/93/203/204 to the Jodo-ji-mae bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take the 17/100/102 to the Kinrin Shako-mae bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.

Anraku-ji Temple

Not normally open to the public, Anraku-ji Temple makes a special exception for the foliage viewing season. The colors on the approach are beautiful along the gentle stone stairs. A talk is given on the origins of the temple at the main hall every 30 minutes starting at 10 o'clock each day.

Anraku-ji Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours

9:30 a.m. to 4:30
Open to the public in fall 2012 only on the below days: All Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in November and Saturdays, Sundays in the start of December

Admission
Adults: 500 yen, Children (junior high-age and younger): free
Address
21 Shikagatani Gosho-no Dan-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-771-5360
URL
http://anrakuji-kyoto.com/
Access
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/17/32/93/100/102/203/204 to the Kinrin Shako-mae bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.

Honen-in Temple

An ancient temple that sits tranquilly on one side of the Philosopher's Walk. When you climb the stone-paved approach, the thatched front gate greets you with mountain village charm. In fall, many people who know Kyoto well come to see the leaves that have fallen on the roof of the simple front gate.

Honen-in Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission
No admission charge.
Address
30 Shikagatani Gosho Dan-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-771-2420
URL
http://www.honen-in.jp/
Access
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/17/203/204 to the Jodo-ji bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take Kyoto city bus 32 to the Minamida-cho bus stop. It is a five-minute walk.

Manshu-in Temple

The finest temple in Rakuhoku. On the temple grounds, surrounded by fall foliage, the rock garden is a sight not to be missed. Located next to Daisho-in, the garden represents deep mountains and the ocean, nicely complementing the gentle fall colors. Made of white sand and trimmed rhododendrons, the elegance of the garden is captivating.

Manshu-in Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission
Adults: 600 yen High school students: 500 yen Elementary and junior high school students: 400 yen
Address
42 Ichijo-ji Takenouchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-781-5010
URL
http://www.manshuinmonzeki.jp/
Access

• 20-minute walk from Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/31/35/65 to the Ichijo-ji Shimizu-cho bus stop. It is a 20-minute walk.


Sekizan Zen-in Temple

Sekizan Zen-in Temple is one of the few locations where both kan-zakura cherry blossom trees and autumn colors can be enjoyed at the same time. The approach is covered in colored leaves in a spectacular fashion, and the Seven Lucky Gods, 16 Arhats, and the stone statues of the 33 avatars of Kannon which sit silently on the grounds are colored red and yellow when the leaves fall.

Sekizan Zen-in Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission
No admission charge.
Address
18 Shugaku-in Kaikonbo-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-701-5181
URL
http://www.sekizanzenin.com/
Access
• 20-minute walk from Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway.
• Take Kyoto city bus 5/31/65 to the Shugaku-in Rikyu-michi bus stop.

Jisso-in Temple

Jisso-in is a temple well-known for its yuka momiji (floor maples), the reflections of the trees in the black lacquered floors in fall. The bright, lustrous colors of the leaves have the appearance of an impressionist painting, matching the solemn atmosphere of the temple with their grace. There is a garden pond with a path around it in the chisen kaiyu style, and there are two rock gardens, providing different ways to enjoy the charms of fall foliage.

Jisso-in Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission
Adults: 500 yen Elementary and junior high school students: 250 yen
Address
121 Iwakura Agura-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-781-5464
URL
http://www.jissoin.com/
Access
• 20-minute walk from Iwakura Station on Eizan Electric Railway.
• Take Kyoto Bus 21/23/24 to the Iwakura Jisso-in bus stop. It is a twenty-minute walk.

Eizan Railway Momiji (Maple Tree) Tunnel

Between Ichihara and Ninose Stations on the Eizan Electric Railway, there is a stretch of about 250 meters with thickly growing trees on both sides called the Momiji (Maple Tree) Tunnel. The railway line is illuminated during the kibune maple lantern event. All lights are turned off and the train runs at a leisurely pace through this stretch to allow passengers to fully enjoy the mystical view from the windows.

Eizan Railway Momiji (Maple Tree) Tunnel Mid-November to early December

Open hours
According to the train schedule
Admission
One-way fare
Adults: 410 yen Elementary school students: 210 yen
Address
Between Shizuichi Ichihara-cho and and Kurama Ninose-cho in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
Interval on Eizan Electric Railway:075-781-5121
URL
http://eizandensha.co.jp/
Access
• Between Ichihara and Ninose Stations


Sanzen-in Temple

The expansive grounds include some one thousand Japanese maples, known as yama momiji, and provide many wonderful places to see. The red and yellow trees that spread their branches among the Japanese cedars are stunningly beautiful. The garden, centered around Ojo Gokuraku-in, presents a vivid contrast of green moss and red and yellow tree leaves. During the fall season, seating for tea is provided.

Sanzen-in Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (until 4:30 from December through February)
Admission
Adults: 700 yen Junior high and high school students: 400 yen Elementary school students: 150 yen
Address
540 Ohara Raiko-in-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-744-2531
URL
http://www.sanzenin.or.jp/
Access
• Take Kyoto Bus 10/16/17/18/19 to the Ohara bus stop. It is a 10-minute walk.

Kosho-ji Temple

Alongside the approach that leads to front is a brook with water that sounds like a koto, giving this hill the name Kotozaka. The trees here form a beautiful tunnel of color.

Kosho-ji Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission
The grounds are always open. A donation of at least 300 yen is required for admission to the main building.
Address
27-1 Uji Yamada, Uji, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
0774-21-2040
Access
• Take the Keihan Electric Railway Uji Line to Uji Station. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take the JR Nara Line to Uji Station. It is a 17-minute walk.

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Since 2007, the historical earthwork "Odoi" has been open to the general public as a maple tree garden, and has become one of Kyoto's newest attractions for fall foliage. Maples and other trees planted by Sugawara no Michizane in Odoi long ago are filled with the colors of deep crimson and yellow. The Kamiya-gawa River runs through, and the leaves reflect in its surface for a pleasant atmosphere. Evening illumination is provided on some days.

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maple tree garden: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. November to start of DecemberOpen until 8:00 p.m. on evenings with illumination)
Admission
There is no admission charge to the grounds.
Maple tree garden (incl. tea and confection): Adults: 600 yenElementary school students: 300 yen
Address
Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
075-461-0005
URL
http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/
Access

• Five-minute walk from Kitano Hakubai-cho Station on the Keifuku Electric Railroad (Arashiyama Electric Tram Railway) Kitano Line.
• Take Kyoto city bus 10/50/101/102/203 to the Kitano Tenman-gu-mae bus stop.


Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Arashiyama area

Since the Heian era, many nobles built villas near Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and in recent years, the area has become known as an excellent place to see the fall colors. The colors of the trees in the mountain upstream of the bridge are the best of all.

Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Arashiyama area Mid-November to early December

Open hours
Anytime
Admission
No admission charge.
Address
Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto map
Phone
Arashiyama Hoshokai : 075-861-0012
URL
http://www.arashiyamahoshokai.com/
Access
• Three-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on Keifuku Electric Railroad (Arashiyama Electric Tram Railway)
• Five-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Railway Arashiyama Line.
• 12-minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line.
• Take Kyoto city bus 28 to the Arashiyama Koen bus stop. Alternatively, take 11/93 to the Arashiyama bus stop.
Take Kyoto Bus 63/73/84 to the Nakanoshima Koen bus stop. Alternatively, take 61/62/63/71/72/73 to the Arashiyama bus stop.

Bishamon-do Temple

Located on the side of mountain overlooking the Yamashina basin, Bishamon-do Temple is well known for its weeping cherry blossom trees in spring and the beautifully colored foliage in fall. (And while looking up at the brilliant leaves is wonderful, enjoying them on the ground has a charm of its own, too!) The flagstone approach to the temple is covered with vermillion leaves. Walking along it while listening to the crackle of leaves underfoot makes for a relaxing stroll.

Bishamon-do Temple Mid-November to early December

Open hours
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (until 4:30 p.m. from December through February)
Admission
Adults: 500 yen
High school students: 400 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen
Address
18 Anshu Inariyama-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture map
Phone
075-581-0328
URL
http://bishamon.or.jp/
Access
• Take the Keihan Electric Railway Keishin Line to Keihan Yamashina Station. It is a 20-minute walk.
• Take the JR Tokaido Main Line to Yamashina Station. It is a 20-minute walk.
• Take the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line to Yamashina Station. It is a 20-minute walk.

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

The leaves of 3000 maples and other trees color the vast precincts of Hiyoshi Taisha beyond its torii gate. The magnificent main building exists in harmony with the great nature surrounding it, and the shrine is well known as a place to enjoy truly resplendent fall colors. During the fall season, festivities include a tea ceremony, traditional plays and evening illumination of the trees.

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine Mid-November to early December

Open hours
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Night illumination: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from the middle to the end of November
Admission
Adults: 300 yen Elementary school students: 150 yen
Address
5-1-1 Sakamoto, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture map
Phone
077-578-0009
URL
http://hiyoshitaisha.jp/
Access
• Take the Keihan Electric Railway Ishiyama Sakamoto Line to Sakamoto Station. It is a 10-minute walk.
• Take the JR Kosei Line to Hieizan Sakamoto Station. It is a 20-minute walk.


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Fall Foliage Viewing Information