To list the interesting sightseeing places of Kyoto for autumn traveling, must mention those place colored by red, yellow and orange maples. If traveling the North and South districts from east side of Kyoto by Keihan Railway, can also enjoy many traditional red leaves view spots. They are also less crowded. Enjoy the whole day with autumn leaves. Here below will introduce those red leaves tourist spots that can go by Keihan Railway.
Go to Keihan ☆ Red leaves sightseeing spots recommended
Tofuku-jiThe most popular place for maple leaves. Tourists for red leaves must come here. Tofuku-ji can be said as the representative of red leaves. It can be a poster whenever you take a view at there. Looking down on the roof top wooden bridge, Tsutenkyo Bridge, the eyes are full of red and orange maples in a cloudy sea, this called stream valley scenery of Sengyokukan (洗玉澗). At the Gaun-kyo Bridge (臥雲橋) outside Tofuku-ji, can observe the whole view of Tsutenkyo Bridge that across Sengyokukan . You can arrive Tofuku-ji by getting off at Toba-kaido Station by Keihan Railway or Tofukuji Station by JR Railway and walk for 10minutes. From Mid November to Early December, you can see the beautiful autumn leaves.
Nanzen-ji TempleStrong autumn atmosphere is here in the wide Nanzen-ji Temple. It is well-known for approximate 300 red maple tress here. The favorite Honboteien (Hojo Garden) of Kobori Masakazu, the gardener in Sengoku period, arch shaped water channel and Sanmon (main gate) are the best partners of red leaves scenery. Nanzen-ji Temple are is located at Sakyo-ku region of Kyoto. Visitors can get off at Keage Station by Subway Tozai Line and walk for 10mins. Visitors can interchange between Keihan Railway and Subway Tozai Line at Karasumaoike Station. The red maple leaves period is from Mid to Late November.
Kitano Tenmangu ShrineHere is well-known as it is a place for sacrifice the god of sky. The “Maple Garden” will open to public during the red leaves period. Red leaves will fully fill up the Odoi (earthwork), that is on ruin of moat. It looks like a maple leaves river. The beauty is beyond description. To visit Kitano Tenmangu, visitors can go by Keihan Railway and stop at Demachiyanagi Station, then take the bus to Kitano Tenmangu Bus Stop. Red leaves period is from mid November to early December.
Red leaves after illuminated are really beautiful! Places can be reached by Keihan Railway in autumn night.
Entoku-in TempleThe proper wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nene spent the last 19 years of her life in Entoku-in Temple. Entoku-in Temple being the Tatchu sub-temple is famous. The garden with white sand made geometer can be seen in Nantei (south courtyard) of Entoku-in Temple. And the Hokutei (north courtyard) remains the original look of Momoyama period. Dark night will be lightened-up and with red leaves to construct an illusive space, completely different from daytime. Take the Keihan Railway to Gion-Shijo Station and walk 10 mins will be arrive Entoku-in Temple. And red leaves period is from early-Nov to end-Nov.
Kiyomizu-dera TempleBlue sky and red leaves, are the beauty of harmonious nature that can be seen at Kiyomizu Stage. The sunset makes the red leaves more shinny. With the lighten-up activities, the beauty cannot be described. The nearest stop is Kiyomizu-Gojo Station of Keihan, and walk for 25minutes. Or get off at Gion-Shijo Station and change to bus, get off at Kiyomizu Bus Stop or Gojo-zaka Bus Stop and walk for 10 minutes.
Saisho-in Temple Kotoku-anVisitors can arrive to here by getting off at Keage Station by Tozai Line and walk for 14minutes. A red leaves tourist spots behind Nanzenji Temple. In front of Sanmon (main gate), you can see all autumn colors of maples, they welcome travelers to come here.
Komyo-in TempleIt is a red leaves tourist spot of Keihan Railway. There is a garden named“Mosses Temple”. A place can enjoy unique autumn scenery. The contrast of green mosses and red leaves is unforgettable. Tourists can arrive to here from Toba-kaido Station and 5 minutes walk or from Tofuku-ji Temple and 10 minutes walk. It is convenient.
Conclusion The trips are combination of red leaves sight spots and train station in Kyoto. Take Keihan Railway that links up the east, north and south of Kyoto. It is easy and convenient to set off. The recommended sightseeing spots mentioned seems separated, but can be linked up by train. Visitors can enjoy the illusions of the lighten-up red leaves, but not in a crowded circumstance. A slow travel in Kyoto!