Top 5 Autumn Color Spots in Kyoto and Kansai

Just like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in the Kansai region have some great spots for viewing the colorful autumn leaves. Here are the best!

Unless otherwise noted, the best time is usually Mid November to early December.

Kiyomizudera_autumn_color1. Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺)

In our opinion the best place in Kyoto for autumn colors, his temple becomes a huge autumn color paradise.

Kiyomizudera Temple guide



Arashiyama_autumn_color2. Arashiyama (嵐山)

The forested area of Arashiyama is great for autumn leaves and is a nice place for a stroll around some temples and into the hills.

Arashiyama guide



koyosan_autumn_color3. Koyasan (高野山)

This Buddhist mountain retreat has a host of hiking and walking options to view the autumn leaves, as well as around some of the main temples.

When: Late October to mid November

Koyasan guide

nanzenji_autumn_color4. Nanzen-ji Temple (南禅寺)

Another good temple for autumn leaves, and walkable from Kiyomizudera Temple with a map from the Kyoto station Tourist Information Center.

Nanzen-ji Temple guide


ginkakuji_autumn_color5. Ginkaku-ji Temple (銀閣寺)

One of the most famous temples in Japan, there are plenty of maple trees in the temple’s gardens.

Ginkaku-ji Temple guide

Learn more about Japan’s autumn leaves in our autumn colors guide.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict