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Autumn Color Report 2012
Official autumn color reports by japan-guide.com

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2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
by sean

Shingyo Pagoda at Daikakuji Temple

Today I revisited Tofukuji and Kiyomizudera, as well as the Sagano and Arashiyama area. Kyoto was really crowded today: the autumn season, in combination with it being a Sunday, brought the tourists in in numbers. To those visiting in the coming week, please take this as prior notice, be aware of the possibility of being packed into trains like sardines, and just smile and enjoy the camaraderie like most of the others - it's better to happily squeeze than angrily squeeze.

Autumn colors at Tofukuji are currently at their best: bright red, fiery orange, russet and gold. Come and queue to get in early in the morning (even before it opens at 8:30) though, or you might end up having to queue behind hundreds (situation could be better on weekdays).

View from Tsutenkyo Bridge at Tofukuji Temple
Park at Tofukuji
Nice yellow
Nice red

Colors have also reached peak in time for the Sunday crowd at Kiyomizudera: the temple grounds were filled with foliage which provided delightful autumn scenery.

Kiyomizudera
View of the city from Kiyomizudera

Arashiyama was similarly crowded with visitors, especially at the area around the famous Togetsukyo Bridge. It was difficult to make a call here: as the colors on the hill south of the bridge are from natural trees, they are therefore not as vibrant as human cultivated trees. I think overall autumn colors here can still get better over the next few days.

At Tenryuji Temple, colors were still somewhat at their peak but just starting to fade a little from their most vivid best.

Activity around Togetsukyo Bridge
View from Togetsukyo Bridge
Tenryuji
The most colorful section now at Tenryuji

I visited Daikakuji Temple next, which is popular for its photogenic Osawa Pond and Shingyo Pagoda. The temple compound had many maple trees, and today I found most of them to be of a darker velvet red; beautiful, but perhaps signaling that many trees will start shedding more leaves before long. Currently, more than 1000 windmills are placed around the large pond and the pagoda, which added to the beautiful scenery.

Osawa Pond
Ducks racing across the pond
People enjoying themselves
Windmills

Today's special mention goes to the Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, with colors so fresh and bright that they were undoubtedly at their absolute best. It was beautiful and I strongly recommend those in Kyoto over the next couple of days to visit it.

Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple
Amazing colors on the trees
Amazing colors on the ground too
Close up
Temple bell

Contrastingly, the season is almost over at Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is just about 10 minute's walk north of Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple. Only the last traces of autumn foliage were left.

At Gioji Temple, peak season is ongoing but nearing its end. Some leaves had turned maroon and others were spotted with tinges of brown. Views here are not expected to last as long as that at Adashino Nenbutsuji.

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple
Stone Rakan
Gioji Temple

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report