The fall foliage this year in Kyoto is the best it’s been in years. I was lucky enough to be out with some clients on the day that it was absolutely peaking. And yesterday, I took a casual stroll in the morning up to Shinyodo and Kurodani temples, behind my house, and here is what I saw:
Here’s a shot looking north from near the Kurodani Pagoda:
Kurodani Foliage © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s a shot of the main gate of Kurodani:
Kurodani Main Gate © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s a shot looking out of the gate of Saiun-in, a subtemple of Kurodani. Note the flowering purple tree in the background (I think it’s a kind of camelia):
Saiun-in Foliage © Chris Rowthorn
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy - here's how.
- Get travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads (and here's why)