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Autumn Color Report 2014
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2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report
by schauwecker

Advanced colors at Jingoji Temple in Takao

The autumn colors this year have been roughly one week ahead of their average schedule in most places that we have reported from so far. This was mainly due to a relatively cool August and September. A more average October seemed to have slowed their pace a little bit around Kyoto, but the season there remains among the earlier ones compared to recent years so far. On our first report trip to Kyoto this season, I visited some of the city's koyo spots that are known to change colors relatively early.

The mountain slope of Arashiyama has barely started to change colors, and the district as a whole was still at an early stage. However, both temples that I visited, Tenryuji and Jojakkoji, already featured a few maple trees with quite vibrant colors. Once nighttime temperatures fall more consistently below the eight degree mark, the many less advanced trees should soon catch up.

Togetsukyo Bridge and the only slightly colorful slope of Arashiyama
Tenryuji Temple was busy today
The most vibrant pocket of colorful trees at Tenryuji
Maple leaves and a roof at Tenryuji
The best colors at Jojakkoji were around the pagoda
The entrance area of Jojakkoji was still dominated by green colors

Next I headed to Takao in the mountains north of central Kyoto. While the steep walking trail leading to Jingoji Temple was still at an early state, the temple grounds themselves were already at the peak of their seasonal beauty with many vibrantly red and orange maple trees. The temple grounds will be lit up starting tomorrow, November 8, through November 24 from 17:00 to 19:00 (temple approach until 20:00).

Trees start changing colors along the river down in the valley
Entrance gate to the main temple grounds
Colorful temple grounds
Vibrant colors along the wonderful stone steps
Vibrant colors along the wonderful stone steps
Several atmospheric restaurants are located along the steep approach to Jingoji
I enjoyed a lunch of hot soba noodles at one of them

Surprisingly advanced were the colors at Eikando, a koyo favorite among autumn visitors to Kyoto. Especially the trees around the Hojo Pond were already near their peak. Eikando, too, will be lit up daily starting tomorrow. The special illuminations will last from November 8 to December 4 from 17:30 to 21:00 (entry until 20:30).

Surprisingly advanced colors around Hojo Pond
Surprisingly advanced colors around Hojo Pond
But other parts of the temple grounds were still green

I ended the day at Tofukuji where the season was still at an early state. The sea of maple trees below the temple's Tsutenkyo Bridge has started to change colors but is still more than a week away from its peak.

The view of Tsutenkyo Bridge
The view from Tsutenkyo Bridge
Another view of Tsutenkyo Bridge

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List of Posts:
2014/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2014/12/04 - Kanazawa Report
2014/12/03 - Kyoto Report
2014/12/02 - Kamakura Report
2014/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/26 - Nara Report
2014/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/21 - Osaka Report
2014/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/19 - Korankei Report
2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report
2014/11/18 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Himeji Report
2014/11/13 - Fuji Report
2014/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/12 - Eiheiji Report
2014/11/11 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/07 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/06 - Yamadera Report
2014/11/04 - Fuji Report
2014/11/04 - Hakone Report
2014/10/31 - Karuizawa Report
2014/10/29 - Shima Onsen Report
2014/10/24 - Fuji Report
2014/10/21 - Bandai Report
2014/10/21 - Nikko Report
2014/10/20 - Towada Report
2014/10/16 - Tateyama Report
2014/10/15 - Kurikoma Report
2014/10/08 - Nasu Report
2014/10/07 - Nikko Report
2014/10/01 - Oze Report
2014/09/29 - Tateyama Report
2014/09/26 - Nikko Report
2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report
2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report
2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report

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