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Autumn Color Report 2010

This is the official 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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2010/11/19 - Kyoto Report
by scott

Today I checked out the autumn colors (koyo) situation over in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto. The first stop of the morning was a follow up visit to Kiyomizudera Temple. The trees around the temple have progressed a lot since our visit last week, and a lot of the tree are turning nice shades of orange and red which provides a nice view from the temple's balcony.

However, from below you could see that the trees are still primarily green and have not yet begun to approach their peak. I think last week's estimation of the peak still stands, and it will be another week or so before the trees around Kiyomizudera are at their best. On a side note, in the early morning Kiyomizudera is very dark as it sits in the shadow of the Higashiyama Mountains. It is far more attractive and better to photograph later in the day once the entire temple is lit.

Also, on November 17th Kiyomizudera began a special illumination viewing of the temple grounds and autumn colors which are lit up in the evenings. Admission to the illumination is from 18:30 to 21:00, costs 600 yen, and will run until December 12th, 2010.

Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple

The second destination this morning was Kodaiji Temple, a popular temple in the Higashiyama District that was built in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The temple features some nice landscape gardens featuring moss, ponds, bamboo groves, and plenty of maple trees. The maples are beginning to turn various shades of yellow, orange, and red. But just like at Kiyomizudera, the trees are still mostly green and have not yet begun to approach their peak. Another week or so is needed here as well before the trees will be at their best.

Kodaiji Temple
Kodaiji Temple
Kodaiji 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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