Autumn Color Report 2010
by japan-guide.com

This is the official japan-guide.com autumn color report for 2010. Please visit also our guide to autumn leaves for more general information and our schedule of upcoming reports.

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2010/11/15 - Kyoto Report
by scott

Today Schauwecker and I continued the autumn leaf season reporting from the Kansai Region with a follow up trip to Kyoto. This time we visited Jingoji Temple in Takao, a mountainous region in the north of the city.

Takao is at a higher elevation than the the city center and consequently has a slightly earlier koyo season. The hot summer doesn't seem to have significantly delayed the season around Takao and many of the maple trees along the steps to Jingoji Temple are quickly reaching their peak. The continued cool nights that are forecast should help the colors around Takao progress and I would guess that they will be at their best around this weekend.

The maple lined approach to Jingoji in Takao
A restaurant along the approach to Jingoji
Jingoji Temple

In central Kyoto we also made a visit to Daitokuji, the head temple of the Daitokuji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Daitokuji is surrounded by a collection of small subtemples, and Kotoin, one of the subtemples that are opened to the public, is particularly noted for its fall colors.

Kotoin's gardens are featured on some of Japan Railway's past promotional posters for the autumn season in Kyoto which show brilliant red maple trees standing over a carpet of their fallen leaves. However, it is still quite early in the season in central Kyoto compared to Takao, and the maples that are part of the scenes depicted on those iconic posters are only beginning to change. It will probably take another week or two of continued cool weather to coax these trees to their peak.

Approach to Kotoin
Kotoin
Kotoin

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List of Posts:
2010/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2010/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2010/12/01 - Kyoto Report

2010/11/30 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/26 - Osaka Report
2010/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/24 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/23 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Sakurayama Report
2010/11/18 - Nara Report
2010/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/17 - Ise Report
2010/11/16 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/16 - Koyasan Report
2010/11/15 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/09 - Fujigoko Report
2010/11/05 - Yamadera Report
2010/11/04 - Daisen Report

2010/10/27 - Kuju Report
2010/10/27 - Nikko Report
2010/10/26 - Kirishima Report
2010/10/19 - Noboribetsu Report
2010/10/15 - Akita Report
2010/10/14 - Nikko Report
2010/10/14 - Akita Report
2010/10/05 - Nikko Report

2010/09/29 - Oze Report
2010/09/15 - Kurodake Report
2010/09/14 - Asahidake Report

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