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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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2010/11/26 - Kyoto Report
by francois

The paths are illuminated at Eikando Temple

Yesterday evening, wanting to get one last bit of koyo in Kyoto, I went to two evening illuminations of koyo spots that I had already visited over the past few days. The first was Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in northern Kyoto followed by Eikando Temple in eastern Kyoto.

Light ups, as they are usually called, often take place at spots that are well known for their autumn colors. The locations have special evening opening hours and are illuminated by a large number of lights that make for a unique atmosphere and interesting photographs.

The walking trail in the Odio area of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine seen during the illumination
Lights line the Odoi area's walkways
The Odoi area's bridge is also illuminated
An illuminated bambo grove beside illuminated maples

I visited Kitano Tenmangu Shrine for the November 24 report and went back last night to get another look at things. The paid Odoi area beside the shrine that has the shrine's best autumn colors is also having light ups. Travelers who want to see the leaves at night will have four more chandces this years, either this Saturday and Sunday night or the the next ones.

Beacuse the trees still had quite a bit of green I think that Kitano Tenmangu will be a good place to visit this weekend for trees that are just coming into the peak colors rather than coming off of them. This results in fuller trees with more leaves and less bare branches.

Eikando's buildings benefit from the colors and lighting
Eikando's pond under lights
Much fewer people were at the temple late in the evening than during the day
Visitors take a break at Eiakndo's rest area

After my shrine visit I headed eastward to Eikando Temple. Visiting the temple in the evening there was a much different atmosphere than when I had gone during the day on November 23. The leaves were still very attractive and should remain so into this weekend at the least. The light up will continue taking place every night from 17:30 to 21:30 (entry until 21:00) until November 30.

The crowds have disappeared at Eikando by the end of the night

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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