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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
by raina

Torii gates and autumn colors at Yoshiminedera

Staying in the Kansai Region, I visited Kyoto again today. It was forecast to rain from the afternoon and while the skies looked somewhat promising in the morning, it quickly became overcast. Today, I went to two spots I didn't go the last two trips and revisited Arashiyama a week after my last trip there. The colors had already started to change at the places I visited and were mostly at the midway mark towards peak.

I started from Kyoto Station and headed for Jingoji Temple in Takao. The temple can be reached in a 20 minute walk from the bus stop, Yamashiro Takao, via a walking path. The walking path to the temple is illuminated until November 29, from 17:00 to 20:00. While there are some trees with colored leaves left, a large number of trees have shed their leaves. It seems that this year, the leaves are falling off soon after they turn red, and it was a bit of an unusual situation with some trees approaching peak color, and others past peak.

Along the path that leads to Jingoji Temple
State of colors on the trees that still had leaves
The path up to Jingoji, not many leaves left
Remaining autumn leaves against the temple
Went for a short hike up behind the temple and saw this view
Near the entrance of Jingoji Temple
One of the teahouses outside the temple
Lights will guide you home (to Jingoji Temple)

From Jingoji Temple, I took the bus then train for Arashiyama. Tenryuji Temple, my next stop, is a short walk from the Randen Arashiyama Station. The colors had developed a little more since I was last there a week ago, and I expect them to improve over the next few days.

Kimono Forest at Randen Arashiyama Station
Tenryuji Temple
Autumn colors at the temple
The leaves have taken on a little bit more color
The temple garden had taken on a few more people
Along one of the paths in the garden
Hello, colors
Part of the temple building, part of the garden
Lots of visitors near the entrance

From Tenryuji Temple, I made my way along the river, across Togetsukyo Bridge, and headed to Monkey Park Iwatayama. An admission fee of 550 yen is required and a leisurely round trip up to the park and back usually takes about an hour. The trees near the base of the mountain were mostly green with colors starting to show midway up. The autumn colors here are still in their early stages and it would be a while before they reach their peak. The monkey feeding area as well as the observation area sit about 160 meters above sea level, and offer nice views of the city below. Monkeys roam freely in the park but I did not see any along the way until I was near the top.

River and Arashiyama mountains
Passenger boat race
Colors midway up the monkey park
View from the top of the monkey park
Few humans and monkeys playing at the playground
Can you spot all six monkeys?
Still a while from peak colors
The things this jaded pal has seen
Baby monkey knows nothing but the delicious treats from humans
Colors heading down the mountain
Back near Togetsukyo Bridge

My final and favorite stop for today was Yoshiminedera, located in Kyoto's western mountains, and the autumn colors here were approaching their peak. The temple is about a 30 minute bus ride from the Hankyu Higashimuko Station or the JR Mukomachi Station. There are hourly buses to Yoshiminedera and it would be prudent to check the return bus schedule as the last bus from the temple leaves before 16:00. The forecast rain had started on the way to Yoshiminedera and looked like it would continue for the rest of the day. Despite the rain, the temple grounds were still delightful to walk around. There is a walking course that supposedly takes about 30-40 minutes and takes you around the different buildings on the temple grounds.

Entrance gate of Yoshiminedera
Leaves and bell tower
Like fire streaking across the pagoda
There are about 500 maple trees on the temple grounds
Autumn colors here, autumn colors there
Mini maple leaves are like puppies and kittens. They are too cute and irresistible
Autumn colors everywhere

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List of Posts:
2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

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