Top 10 Autumn Colour in Kyoto, November (Part II)

2014.11.25
Many travel agents start to generate theme trip “紅葉狩り!京都へ行こう!”(Let's go to see Autumn colour in Kyoto!) in this seaspn. Hence, its easy to understand that Kyoto is the perfect place to enjoy Autumn colours.
This time, we would like to introduce you the Top 10 places for viewing Autumn colours in Kyoto in Part II, and we will send our assistants to experience these places and provide more detailed information later.
6. Must visit place for Autumn colour? Arashiyama Sagano.
Take Sagano Scenic Railway from Kameoka to Arashiyama through Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Groves, Togetsukyou Bridge are recommended route which will allow you to spend and enjoy a day to view the beautiful scenery.
(1) Sagano Scenic Railway.
The Sagano Scenic Railway is a sightseeing train line along the Hozugawa River between Sagano and Kameoka Station. Taking about 25 minutes to make 7.3 km journey. Usually passengers from Kameoka Station is lesser, so suggest to get on the train in Kameoka Station. Hourly operates from around 9:30 to 19:00. You are able to purchase the reservation tickets or tickets for the day. The reservation tickets can be purchased at JR West Japan “Green window”, or buy through travel agents one month in advance. Single adult ticket is 620 yen, and 310 yen per child. Day ticket can be purchased at Kameoka Sation, and the ticket price will be the same between reservation ticket and day ticket, and there is no discount for round trip tickets.

Sagano Scenic Railway
(2) UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tenryuji Temple.
Take off at Arashiyama Station, Tenryuji Temple is located in North of Arashiyama 1 km, and about 12 minutes walk. Tenryuji Temple established in 1339 by ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji and is one of theUNESO World Heritage Sites. Takauji dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo (the 60th Emperor of Japan in Heian period). The famous pond “Sogenchi” is one of the highlights to view Autumn colours which designated as a special place of scenic beauty of Japan. The pond area has beautiful landscape garden features and you might see carps swimming. The excellent scenery look just like a picture in a museum.

Sogenchi Garden
Address: 68 Saga-Tenryuji-Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto.
Hours: 8:30~17:30
Admission: 500 yen per adult, 300 yen per junior high school student and elementary school student, free admission for children under elementary school student.
Access: Take off at Arashiyama Station, towards to North about 1 km, and 12 minutes walk.
 075-881-1235
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(3) Walking at Arashiyama Bamboo Groves.
The Bamboo Groves just outside the north gate of Tenryuji Temple to just below Okochi-sanso Villa about 100 meters away. The path have endless tall bamboo stalks on the side, feel cool and relaxed while walking. Especially in the evening, the lights make the Bamboo Groves look like entering another world.

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
(4) Symbol of Arashiyama - Togetsukyou Bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge).
The Togetsukyou Bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge) was named by Emperor Kameyama (90th Emperor of Japan in Kamakura period) who said “The bridge looks like the Moon is crossing” which is the most iconic landmark of Arashiyama, also named Arashiyama Bridge. Its famous for its cherry blossoms in Spring, Green colours in Summer, Autumn leaves in Autumn, and snow scenery in winter, which enhances the elegance of Arashiyama.

Togetsukyou Bridge at night
7. Shining in silver, red in Autumn, special and beautiful Autumn colour at Ginkakuji.
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), the official name is Jisho-ji Temple was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who was the 8th shogun of Ashikaga shogunate in 1482. Generally recognized from Edo Period, and was modeling it after Kinkakuji (Goldren Pavilion). Despite its name, the Silver Pavilion was not covered in silver, but it also registered on the UNESCO World Cultrual Heritage List in 1994 together with Kinkakuji (Gold Pavilion).

Ginkakuji Temple – Kinkyouchi Pond
The Ginkakuji has two stories are constructed. The Kinkyouchi pond and the moss garden are the good places to view the Autumn colours.
Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City.
Hours: Summer(3/1-11/30)8:30~17:00 Winter(12/1-2/end)9:00~16:30
Admission: 500 yen per adult, 300 yen per junior high school and elementary school student.
Access: Direct bus number 5, 17 from Kyoto Station and get off at “Ginkakuji-michi” Station (25 minutes), and 7 minutes walk.
 075-771-5725
When calling from outside Japan, replace the first 0 in the telephone number with 81.
8. Gorgeous and beautiful Kodaiji Temple by wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Kodaiji Temple is located North East of Yasaka Hokanji Temple at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. It's official name is Kodaiji-jushozenji Temple amd was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokora (a Nen, and later assumed the name of Kodaiin Kogetsuni) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Sanko Osho from Kenninji Temple was welcomed as the principal monk and the temple was then named Kodaiji in July, 1624. The first Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu financed the construction of the temple, resulting in its magnificent appearance.

Kodaiji's Tsukiyama garden with Kaizando Hall
Autumn colour at day time can be viewed at Tsukiyama Garden and Kaizando Hall in Kodaiji Temple and the night view at Garyu Pond which has been voted as the one of the best night Autumn view. Therefore viewing Autumn leaves at night in Kodaiji Temple is definitely recommended.

Autumn leaves at night in Garyu Pond
Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto.
Hours: 9:00~17:00
Admission: 600 yen per adult, 250 yen per junior high school student.
Access: From Kyoto Station, and take city bus number 206, and get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk east 5 minutes.
 075-561-9966
When calling from outside Japan, replace the first 0 in the telephone number with 81.
9. Autumn colours at Eikando Temple Zenrinji.
Eikando Temple (also named Zenrinji Temple) located just North area of Kyoto where is very famous for its Autumn colours. It is one of the top attractions for Autumn leaves, many Japanese visitors also come here to viewing Autumn colours. One of the reason is, trees in Eikando Temple mainly is maple trees, unlike other temples have different trees blooming in other seasons. The maple trees in Eikando Temple have around 3,000!

Autumn colour at Pagoda
Apart from the Autumn colours at Eikando Temple, the evening illuminations are also taken place in fall. There is a tea shop called “Mikaeri”(みかえり)where you can having red bean soup or sweet rice wine while viewing Autumn colours and evening illuminations.

Autumn leaves at night in Eikando Temple
Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto.
Hours: 9:00~17:00
Admission: 600 yen per adult, 250 yen per junior high school student.
Access: From Kyoto Station, and take city bus number 206, and get off at Higashiyama Yasui and walk east 5 minutes.
 075-761-0007
When calling from outside Japan, replace the first 0 in the telephone number with 81.
10. Nanzenji Zen Temple.
About 10 minutes walking from Eikando Temple, Nanzenji Temple is also another famous place to view Autumn colours. Especially Nanzenji's Sanmon Gate is particular famous due to the robber and outlaw Goemon Ishikawa commend the place has spectacular view.

Nanzenji Temple - Sanmon Gate
Apart the beautiful scenery from Sanmon Gate, Aqueduct near Sanmon Gate is also popular. A lot of movie and TV show scene were shoot here.

Nanzenji Temple - Aqueduct
Address: Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City.
Hours: Summer(3/1-11/30)8:40~17:00 Winter(12/1-2/end)8:40~16:30 ※The temple will close from Dec. 28~31st
Admission: Nanzenin:
Adult – 300 yen. High School Student – 250 yen. Junior high school and elementary school student – 150 yen.
Sanmon Gate:
Adult - 500 yen
High School Student – 400 yen
Junior high school and elementary school student - 300 yen
Hojo Garden:
Adult – 500 yen
High School Student – 400 yen
Junior high school and elementary school student - 300 yen
Access: From Kyoto Station, take city bus number 5, and get off at Nanzenji Eikando-michi, walk 15 minutes.
 075-771-0365
When calling from outside Japan, replace the first 0 in the telephone number with 81.