Tofukuji Temple – Autumn Leaves in KyotoPublished on November 30th, 2010.
Cherry blossom viewing is a famous past time in Japan, every spring. However, in autumn there is also the less well-known past time of autumn leaf viewing, with red maple leaves being a favorite for many Japanese. This year I took part in the tradition by heading to Tofukuji temple in Kyoto. The temple can be reached by a short 10-15 minute bus ride from the center of Kyoto city.
Tofukuji Temple is famous for a bridge that spans a small valley filled with maple trees. The colors are spectacular in late November!
Even on a normal working day, hordes of people come to Kyoto to see the autumn leaves. A payment of 400 yen will give you access to the bridge and the temple grounds.
From the bridge a mix of red, yellow and green leaves can be seen.
Having your photo taken in front of the leaves is popular and some people have their own unique pose!
A close-up shows a glorious contrast of greens and reds.
Although it was a cloudy day, a gorgeous blue sky sometimes made its appearance.
The temple staff are very serious about keeping the ground free of fallen leaves.
The best time to see autumn leaves in Kyoto is usually from mid to late November. You can read more about Tofukuji temple at japan-guide.com. If you have a favorite place to see autumn leaves in Japan please let me know!