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Autumn Color Report 2009
by japan-guide.com

This are the official japan-guide.com autumn color reports for 2009 from our trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2009/11/26 - Kyoto


by francois

Many of Kyoto's popular autumn color spots are reaching their peak, and for my last day reporting from Kyoto I went to some of the most commonly visited attractions.

The first spot I visited was the Imperial Palace. I did not enter the actual palace grounds, which requires a reservation, but rather explored the large park area around it. The Imperial Palace Park is not among the most famous koyo ("autumn colour") spots, but it does have a few colorful trees. A number of large ginko trees scattered around the park were particularly attractive.

Some koyo alongside the stone paths of the Kyoto Imperial Palace
Colour beside one of the park's baseball fields
One of the palace park's impressive ginko trees

The next two stops were Nanzenji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple, both of which I visited previously for my November 18, 2009 Koyo Report. I took similar pictures this time so that readers could easily compare the progress of the colours after a week.

The Tourist Information center at Kyoto Station said that Nanzenji is at its peak, and there are indeed more colours than last time. However, it seemed to me that many of the leaves had fallen and that the peak may have just passed. There were a lot of good colours at places that were not very impressive last time, such as in the rock gardens of the main temple building. The gardens of Tenjuan, which had been the highlight last week, have already lost a lot of leaves, especially in the pond area.

The view from the Sanmon gate in the direction of the main Nanzenji building
There are quite a few colourful trees around the Sanmon gate
Some colour in one of the rock gardens in Nanzenj's main building
Still attractive, but the trees are thinning at Tenjuan

Today's highlight was certainly Kiyomizudera Temple, which is at its fall colour peak. The difference between last week and today was enormous, and can easily be seen by looking at the pictures from the November 18, 2009 Koyo Report. For travelers presently in Kyoto, it is a great time to visit one of the city's landmark locations.

Vibrant red leaves below Kiyomizudera's main balcony
The colours are also at their peak below Kiyomizudera's other balcony
More bright colours near the temple's exit

If you do make it out to Kiyomizudera while it is at its autumn colour peak, you can be sure that you will not be alone.

Many people are enjoying the peak of the fall colours at Kiyomizudera

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List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura

2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/11/26 - Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Kyoto: Light Up
2009/11/23 - Nara
2009/11/22 - Kyoto: Ohara
2009/11/21 - Kyoto
2009/11/19 - Kyoto: Arashiyama
2009/11/18 - Tokyo
2009/11/18 - Kyoto: Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Kyoto: Kurama
2009/11/16 - Mount Takao (Takaosan)
2009/11/12 - Kyoto
2009/11/09 - Fuji Five Lakes
2009/11/04 - Hakone

2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji
2009/10/19 - Nikko
2009/10/16 - Onuma Park
2009/10/15 - Noboribetsu Onsen
2009/10/14 - Shikotsu-Toya National Park
2009/10/07 - Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/10/05 - Nikko

2009/09/30 - Kusatsu Onsen
2009/09/28 - Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Oze National Park
2009/09/16 - Tokachidake Onsen
2009/09/15 - Ginsendai
2009/09/14 - Mount Asahidake

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