10 Best Places to Visit in Kyoto in Autumn 2020

10 Hottest Trendy Spots in Kyoto 2020 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 autumn leaves spots to seasonal events, let’s find out the best places to visit in Kyoto 2020 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

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-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 “Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro” is held annually in Arashiyama area for 10 days in mid December. In 2020, the event will be held from 11 to 20 December.

-Art Aquarium Castle -Kyoto Kingyo Dance-

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The popular goldfish aquarium exhibition Art Aquarium is holding its temporary exhibition at Nijo Castle in Kyoto from 14 October to 7 December 2020. The exhibition features elegant goldfish and carps swimming in beautiful fish tank along with historical artworks of Kyoto. The special effects of lights, projection mapping, sounds and scents will also stimulate visitors’ five sense.

Official Website: https://artaquarium.jp/en/branch/kyoto/

– TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

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The new Evangelion theme area will open at TOEI Kyoto Studio Park on 3 October 2020, and the main attraction of the area is life-size EVA Unit-01 replica. The 15m tall statue offers an immersive experience with a cockpit inside which visitors can actually go in and ride.

Official Website: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/eva/

-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

-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


Did you enjoy the list?? If you are visiting Kyoto this autumn, think about adding these spots on your schedule! You can find more travel information in Kyoto from the listed articles below, too!

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