Spots for Autumn Foliage

Spots for Autumn Foliage

As we are preparing ourselves for the busy autumn season at hachi, we at Guest House hachi came up with a top spots for our guests to see the wonderful maple trees turning red in Kyoto.
Popular spots for autumn foliage such as Kiyomizu-dera, Tenryu-ji, Kodai-ji and several other temples are well known and therefore very crowded.

Here is a list spots for autumn foliage that are either not well known (yet) or more difficult to reach which make them less crowded for your perfect autumn experience in Kyoto.

Spots for Autumn Foliage in Kyoto

Spots for Autumn Foliage

Jingo-ji Temple

    Jingo-ji is located north of Kyoto city, in the valley of Takao. At this temple you can enjoy the autumn foliage before it starts in the center of the city. Don’t miss the illumination of the trees in the evening!
Spots for Autumn Foliage

Ohara Sanzenin

    Another spot where the autumn foliage starts earlier than in the city is in Ohara’s Rakuhoku area northeast of Kyoto where the colors are bursting in the garden of Sanzen-in.


Yoshimine Temple

    Yoshimine-dera is located in the western mountains of Kyoto. Enjoy the autumn colors with a wonderful view over the city.


Daigo-ji Temple

Daigo-ji is a more popular spot in our list but the foliage of the maple trees at the beautiful pond of the temple ground can’t be missed in autumn.

Spots for Autumn Foliage


If you are on the hunt for the perfect instagram picture Jisso-in is your spot. The view of the maple trees through the round window frame will get you instant likes!

Spots for Autumn Foliage

Jojakko-ji Temple

Since Jojakko-ji Temple is located in the very famous Arashiyama area in autumn this temple can get crowded. Still, the temple’s pagoda and the colors are a great spot to enjoy autumn in Kyoto.

Spots for Autumn Foliage

Komyo-ji Temple

The famous temple of maples is located in Nagaokakyo city which is just about 10 minutes away from Kyoto Station. Komyo-ji has some over 100 years old maple trees and due to its location not much known by tourists who visit Kyoto.

Spots for Autumn Foliage


Another lesser known temple in Kyoto is located 20 minutes away from Yamashina Station. The tunnel of momiji is a top viewing spot.

We hope that these spots for autumn foliage help you planning your trip to Kyoto!