community-forum community-penpal community-userReports destinations-admission destinations-beenThere-solid destinations-bookmark-solid destinations-city_outline destinations-city_solid destinations-closedDays destinations-date destinations-getThere destinations-hotels destinations-hoursFees destinations-itineraries-3 destinations-nearbySpots destinations-pin-simple-outline destinations-pin-simple destinations-sortBy-dots destinations-tours destinations-town interests-agriculture interests-amusementParks interests-beaches interests-castles interests-city_solid interests-contemporaryArt interests-events interests-festivals interests-flowers interests-foodDrink interests-gardens interests-hiking interests-historicSites interests-industry interests-koyo-single interests-koyo interests-mangaAnime interests-museums interests-nature interests-onsen interests-parks interests-pottery interests-sakura-single interests-sakura interests-scenicRides interests-shopping interests-shrines interests-skiing interests-snow interests-sumo interests-temples interests-traditionalArts interests-traditionalTheater interests-viewpoints interests-volcanoes interests-wildlife interests-winterIlluminations news-section planning-tickets-2 planning-transportation-access planning-transportation-bicycle planning-transportation-boat planning-transportation-bus planning-transportation-car planning-transportation-plane planning-transportation-shinkansen planning-transportation-tickets planning-transportation-train planning-transportation-walk shapes-chevron-down shapes-circle shapes-star social-fb social-gplus social-instagram social-twitter social-youtube ui-alert-construction ui-alert-warning ui-calendar ui-confirmed-outline ui-confirmed-solid ui-date ui-globe ui-lightbulb ui-no_entry ui-ok ui-pencil ui-reverse ui-search ui-time ui-video-play ui-x user-avatar
Raina's Japan Travel Journal
by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com

previous post
list all posts
next post

2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto

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
Follow the lights

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 has 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

previous post
list all posts
next post

List of Posts:
2017/07/03 - Spiritual Chichibu
2017/05/02 - Fuji Shibazakura Festival
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2015/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2015/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
2015/08/17 - Nature and Hot Springs at Naruko Onsen
2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report

2014/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2014
2014/12/15 - Seasonal Illumination: Sendai
2014/12/09 - Seasonal Illumination: Tokyo
2014/12/04 - Autumn Color Report: Kanazawa
2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
2014/10/21 - Autumn Color Report: Bandai
2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/04 - Early Tokyo Blossom Report