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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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2010/11/17 - Kyoto Report
by scott

Tofukuji from Tsutenkyo Bridge

Today I made some follow up visits to some of the sights in Kyoto that we visited on November 10, 2010 to check on the progress of the autumn colors (koyo). The first item of the day was to revisit Arashiyama, a touristy district in the northwest of Kyoto. The trees around Arashiyama are decidedly more colorful than last week and appear to be quickly approaching their peak. The district will probably be at its peak soon, and I would expect this weekend to be very crowded.

Arashiyama around the Togetsukyo Bridge

Heading back to central Kyoto, I next made a visit to Nijo Castle (Nijojo). I wasn't expecting too much koyo; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find quite nice autumn colors in the gardens between the inner and outer moats, particularly around the Seiryu-en Garden on the northern castle grounds. While the early changing cherry trees around the castle are already beginning to lose their leaves, the castle's ginkgo and maples are still in the early stages of changing color and probably won't begin to peak for another week or two.

Nijo Castle

Next I took a combination of trains and bus to Sanzenin Temple in the mountains of Ohara, north of central Kyoto city. The maples around the temple buildings and moss garden are more yellow and orange than last week and appear to be starting to approach their peak, however I think it will still be at least a few more days before they really start to take on the deep red color they reach when at their best.

Sanzenin's landscape garden
Sanzenin's moss garden
Sanzenin's moss garden
The shop lined approach to Sanzenin

My final stop for the day was Tofukuji Temple, which is probably one of the best koyo spots in Kyoto, and one of my personal favorite koyo spots in Japan. Again the trees have progressed quite a bit since last week and many of the maples in the gorge below Tsutenkyo Bridge are just beginning to reach their peak. Most of the maples are still predominantly green, however, and I think the peak is still at least another few days to a week out. It was one of the most colorful spots so far though, and Tofukuji seemed like the hot koyo spot to visit today as it was a constant stream of people and bus tours arriving at the temple.

Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple

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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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