Kyoto is Japan’s top tourist destination. There are crowds of visitors all year round, but the season peaks in autumn, when vivid seasonal leaves color the historical temples and fascinating streets. In this video, we present the best of Kyoto in the fall, from Eikandō, famous from antiquity as a top site for viewing autumn leaves, to the colorful temple Ninnaji, a World Heritage Site, Tōfukuji, where the seasonal foliage can be seen from the temple’s covered bridges, and the lights of Kitano Tenmangū.
Eikandō-chō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto
Surrounded by brilliant foliage, the ceremonial release pond, where brocade carp swim, is one of the chief views of Eikandō—formally known as Zenrinji—in autumn, together with the Tahōtō pagoda.
Ōuchi, Omuro, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto
Gojūnotō, the temple’s five-storied pagoda, is an important national cultural asset.
Fukuchichō, Nanzenji, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto
The view from Nanzenji’s Sanmon gate. Legend has it that “Zekkei ka na, zekkei ka na!” (Magnificent! Stunning!) the well-known kabuki line attributed to Ishikawa Goemon, the notorious samurai-turned-bandit, referred to this locale.
Kibune-chō 180, Kurama, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto
The approach to the main shrine is lined with Kasuga lanterns and charmingly colored trees in the fall.
Ryūsenkaku affords a view of the gorge decorated in autumn colors.