The popular view points of red maple leaves in Kyoto can travel by public means, such as rails and buses. If you want to enjoy the red maple leaves at those secret places, you have to take own driving. Here we recommend 2 routes. People can enjoy driving and red leaves at the same time.
Route 1: Kyoto Prefecture Road No. 40 (Hudou 40)
Kyoto Botanical GardenThe red maple leaves viewpoint is mainly at Nakaragi no Mori (natural forest garden). The Garden of Fine Arts Kyoto located at the northwest of Kyoto Botanical Garden is recommendable. Here demonstrates those international well-known pictures by big ceramic picture.
MidorogaikeIn the soft days, the reflection of those red maple leaves from mountains around and the island inside the lake, it is worthwhile to stop and admire for hours. As there is no lightening at night, visitors should come in daytime.
Kamigamo Midoroikecho Kita Ward
- Get off at Midorogaike bus stop by Kyoto or City bus
- No car park
Entsu-Ji TempleThis temple was build on monument of Hataeda Rikyu, that was the small villa built by Emperor Gomizunoo. Numerous tourists are attracted by the red maple leaves in the Karesansui dry rock garden. Among the spaces between tress and trees, visitors can enjoy the landscape of Mountain Hiei.
Fudarakuji Temple (Komachidera Temple)It generally is named as Komachidera Temple for the famous singer Ono no Komachi of Heian period passed away in here. The main hall was removal of the hall Gomadou of Kurama-dera Temple. Visitors can enjoy the view of Sugata Minoi (姿見の井) and the red maple leaves surrounded, looks like the dance of Ono no Komachi.
140 Shizuichiichiharacho Sakyo-ku
- Get off at Komachidera Temple bus stop by Kyoto bus
- Car park for 10 cars
Kawashima Selkon (Textiles Company)There is a textile culture hall nearby the Komachidera Temple. It is interesting to visit even though it is not a place for red leaves. Visitors can book a visit to know and learn about the textile products and knowledge during Meiji, Taisho and Showa period. Also you can admire the original paintings of different famous Japanese painters. It takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
65 Shizuichiichiharacho Sakyo-ku (Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd.)
- Get off at Ichihara Station of Eizan Railway, 7 mins walk
- Get off at Komachidera Temple bus stop by Kyoto bus, 5 mins walk
- With car park (available for large vehicles)
Satonoeki OharaHere is the direct-sale market of agricultures. People can buy the vegetables form Ohara and the traditional home made rice cake (Mochi).
1012 Oharanomuramachi Sakyo-ku
- Get off at Nomura-wakare bus stop by Kyoto bus, cross the red green light then turn right to Shizuhara direction, 5 mins walk.
- Car park for 77 cars (NO1 and NO2 car park)
Route2: Arashiyama Takao Parkway
・Arashiyama・ Kiyotakikuchi Toll Gate
- 8 Sagatoriimoto Sennocho Ukyo-ku 30mins to Kyoto South IC, 45mins to Oyamazaki IC
Takao Toll Gate
- Umegahata Hinokiyashirocho 30mins to Kyoto South IC, 45mins to Oyamazaki IC
Saimyo-ji TempleWalking pass the red Shigetsu Bashi Bridge, here is the Saimyo-ji Temple of Jingo-Ji Temple. The main hall was donated by Keisho-in, the mother of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Shogun of Tokugawa shogunate. People can admire the red maple leaves all around the temple. When you pass through the Shigetsu Bashi Bridge, try to find an angle that you can take a photo including the red bridge and the red leaves. The combination will be a great picture.
Umegahata Makinoocho Ukyo-ku
- Get off at Maki Bus stop by JR bus, 5mins walk
Red maple leaves period: Mid November
Jingo-Ji TempleOther than the pretty views of the temple, a tea stop will be found in the path behind the door. It matches the red maple leaves surprisingly.
Red maple leaves period: 11月上旬～11月下旬
Kozanji TempleKozanji Temple was rebuilt by Japanese Buddhist monk Myoe and famous for the“Choju-jinbutsu-giga“which is kept for generations. The tea grew by Myoe is the origin of Uji tea. From the dim and wide edge at the west of Sekisui Garden, you can have a look of the red leaves outside. They seem specially bright. There are the 17 stone plates in diamond-shaped at the centre of the leading road. As a background for those red maple leaves, it forms a beautiful view.
8 Umegahata Toganoocho, Ukyo-ku
- Get off at Tadao bus stop by JR bus Takao・Keihoku Line to 「Tadao」「 Shuzan direction
- Get off at Takao bus stop by City Bus No8, 15mins walk
- Car park near the Tadao bus stop (Free for 50 cars, charged in November)
Red maple leaves period: Mid November
Epilogue It is difficult to go to Hozukyo without taking own driving. Generally, roads will be crowded or congested during red leaves period, but our recommended routes are little far away from main town, not that full of cars. If you reach Kozanji Temple after morning, the car park will probably be full. In such case, visitors can consider to park at the car park nearby Jingo-Ji, and take a walk to move around.