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2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
by schauwecker

Yasaka Pagoda

One week after my last visit to Kyoto's Higashiyama District, I returned today to checked on the state of the fall leaves at Nanzenji, Eikando and Kodaiji.

This was Kyoto's busiest weekend of the year. Hotels were booked out in the entire city and hard to reserve even in neighboring Osaka and Otsu. All coin lockers at Kyoto Station were taken by 10am, and long lines formed at the bus terminal and taxi stands. I am glad that things will calm down again from tomorrow.

A popular tofu restaurant during lunch time

The autumn colors remain delayed this year with respect to their usual schedule and lag behind even last year's slow pace by several days. But in the meantime the peak of the season has been reached in several spots around Kyoto, and the next week should be the best time to witness the seasonal spectacle. I expect the colors in some places to survive even into mid December and the Arashiyama Hanatoro event.

We started our day at Nanzenji where we revisited the Nanzenin subtemple. Colors have considerably improved here from last week, and many trees were at their peak. The small subtemple also provided a break from the crowds as it went unnoticed by many visitors to the main temple. The colors on Nanzenji's main grounds are also about to reach their peak.

Beautiful colors and relatively small crowds at Nanzenin subtemple
Nanzenin subtemple
Some of the best colors on the main grounds of Nanzenji
A ginkgo tree at Nanzenji

At nearby Eikando the peak of the season has been reached. The steep admission fee of 1000 yen made many visitors just take photos over the fence and reduced the crowds on the grounds. I expect the temple to remain spectacular for at least a week.

The peak of the season has been reached at Eikando
Eikando
Maple leaves over of carpet of fallen ginkgo leaves
The approach to Eikando
Smartphone meets koyo @ Eikando

The colors at Kodaiji have also improved from last week. While some trees were already brilliantly red, the temple grounds overall should still see further improvement over the coming days and satisfy visitors with autumn colors for at least one week to come.

Kodaiji Temple approaching the peak of the season
Kodaiji Temple approaching the peak of the season

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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