10 Best Places to Visit in Kyoto in Autumn 2019

10 Hottest Trendy Spots in Kyoto 2019 Autumn

Kyoto is indeed No.1 tourist destination in Japan, and attracts millions of visitors all year around. As much as we enjoy their traditional and historical sites, there are also hot and trendy spots that we shouldn’t miss on each season. Today, I’ve picked 10 tourist attractions which are trending this autumn.

From historical temples to instagram-worthy cafes, let’s find out the best places to visit in Kyoto 2019 autumn!!


-Autumn Leaves (~early December)

Kyoto is a top city for autumn leaves viewing in Japan and tons of tourist visit there from all over Japan and abroad. There are hundreds of temples and shrines in Kyoto where you can enjoy stunning autumn foliage in historical and serine atmosphere. Here are some of our picks of the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Kyoto.

Kiyomizudera Temple

The light-up of the temple is available till early December

Tofukuji Temple

The most applauded autumn leaves spot in town with 2,000 trees

Enrian Temple

The hidden temple known for the reddest autumn leaves in Kyoto

Enrian Temple: the REDDEST Autumn Leaves in Kyoto!

Rurikoin Temple

Rurikoin Temple will be open for public viewing during autumn leaves season

Rurikoin Temple Kyoto : Picturesque Temple with Maple Leaves

▶ More autumn leaves spots in Kyoto 

-Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri or Jidai Festival (時代祭) is a traditional Japanese festival held annually in Kyoto in October. It’s one of the three greatest festivals in Kyoto along with Aoi Matsuri (May) and Gion Matsuri (July). The festival features the historical parade by 2000 participants in authentic costumes representing various characters from Japanese feudal history of various periods. The festival is free to watch, but there are exclusive viewing seats available for limiter number.

-Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro

The charming and traditional illumination event held for 10 days in mid December

-Instagrammable Cafes

The world’s biggest trend, “insta-worthy” is currently a thing in Kyoto, too

-Shoujuin Temple

The cute “Instagram-Worthy” temple with the heart-shaped window and colouful ceiling

-Cooking Classes

Cooking class is one of the top tourist attractions in Japan today, and various classes are held across the country including Kyoto. Sushi, Ramen, Tempura, etc.. you can learn how to make a wide variety of Japanese dishes with local teachers!

6 Best Cooking Classes in Kyoto

-NINJA VR KYOTO

Experience both the latest VR and real ninja training at the same time! The newly opened VR spots in Kyoto!

-Flaming Ramen

Literally the fire burning Ramen, served in a old-fashioned Ramen restaurant

-Starbucks at Ninenzaka Street

The world’s first Tatami seating Starbucks is now one of the top attractions in Kyoto!

-Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo

The first Japanese style Rilakkuma has opened in Kyoto