Best Places to Visit in Kyoto in Autumn

10 Hottest Trendy Spots in Kyoto in 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. In this article, I’m introducing the hottest tourist attractions which are recommended in autumn.

From autumn leaves spots to seasonal events, let’s find out the best places to visit in Kyoto in 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

Rurikoin Temple

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

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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.

-Kurama Fire Festival

Kurama Fire Festival or Kurama no Himatsuri (鞍馬の火祭) is held annually on 22 October at Yuki Shrine, Kyoto.

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-Gion Odori

Gion Odori is a traditional Kyoto dance performance that takes place in early November in the famous geisha district, Gion.

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-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!

-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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