There are plenty red leaves attractions in Kyoto, and many of them can be begun from “Entryway of the Trip” Kyoto Station and reach there by walking. To those travelers with limited time, spending every minute effectively is very important. Kyoto Station is the starting point of this happy trip. Here followings are the red leaves spots that can be reached in 8-20 minutes on foot.
What Kyoto Station has?
8-10 minutes walking from Kyoto Station
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
It is located at the main road that faces Kyoto Station. Walking straight and you can arrive. The Kyoto natives will call Higashi Hongan-ji Temple as “To-san”(means Mr.East). It is a red leaves sight spot very close to the station. At Karasuma Dori outside the main door can see ginkgo biloba trees side by side. At the fountain in front of Mieido House can also enjoy the twinkle gold color ginkgo biloba trees. They resonate with red leaves.
Though it is near Kyoto Station, there is relatively less visitors. People can release mind to feel the atmosphere of Kyoto autumn.
The red leaves period of Higashi Hongan-ji is from mid to late November.
10 minutes walking from Kyoto Station
It is a courtyard outside Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. In 1653, Tokugawa Iemitsu offered the land for this promenade garden. This garden is famous for seeing seasonal flowers all year around, especially in red leave period.
From mid November, autumn foliage in Shosei-en change gradually until early December. This moment is time to enjoy the bright colors of nature, such as red maple leaves and yellow ginkgo biloba trees. On Shinsetsu Bridge, tourists can see the reflection of red leaves on the pond. It also reflects The Kyoto Tower behind. The borrowed scenery of this model building view isnique.
15 minutes walking from Kyoto Station
It is one of the World Cultural Heritage in Kyoto and can walk to here within 15 minutes from Kyoto Station.
The 5-storeys Pagoda is the landmark of Kyoto and is visible on Shinkansen Railway.
In autumn, everyone can see the old Japanese building and the 5-storeys pagoda with the bright colorful red leaves show the beauty of concord.
North of 5-storeys Pagoda is Hyotan-ike Pond, around it are the major red leaves sightseeing spots. The reflections of red leaves on the mirror look pond are extremely pretty.
Umekoji Park Suzaku-no-Niwa Garden
It is located at opposite direction of To-ji Temple. It is also a red leaves spot that you can walk to here within 15 minutes from Kyoto Station.
Suzaku-no-Niwa Garden near Umekoji Park was built for the memorial of the 1200 anniversary of the move of capital Heian-kyo, now named Kyoto. Visitors can see beautiful pictures from the pond “reversed red leaves” (reflection of red leaves), which is the most well-known scenery here. When autumn arrive, there will hold lighten-up activities in Suzaku-no-Niwa garden. Visitors can enjoy the dreamy night views that are different from those views under blue sky and white clouds.
The red leaves period of Umekoji Park Suzaku-no-Niwa Garden is from mid November to early December.
20 minutes walking from Kyoto Station
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
Kyoto native people will intimately call here “Nishi-san”(means Mr.West). When maples in the temple turn red, the ginkgo biloba trees also turn into god yellow color. They weave into a beautiful painting. There is a big ginkgo biloba tree in 400 years old and listed as natural souvenir by Kyoto city. Do not miss it.
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is very vast, relatively less crowded comparing with other sightseeing spots. People can walk here relaxingly.
Red leaves period at here generally from mid November to early December.