Top places in Japan for Autumn foliage viewing

By on November 7, 2013

Nanzenji Temple

Dubbed as one of the great Zen temples of Kyoto, Nanzenji  in autumn has its own quaint charm.   On a bright November day, the dark reddish brown tone of the trees lend a good contrast to the leaves’ varying hues of crimson and orange.  Be sure to take picture-perfect shots of the Tenjuan’s rock garden close by.  The place is approximately a 5-hour-and-a-half trip from Tokyo.
Good timing:  mid to end of November
Location:   86 Nanzenji, Fukuchico
Sakyo ward, Kyoto prefecture 606-8435
Admission  500 yen


The Katsura Imperial Palace in Kyoto   is at its best in the fall season.   Built during the early to mid 17th century, it is one of the scenic places in Japan for autumn foliage viewing. There are oriental stone lanterns along the well manicured garden paths of picturesque quality that make a good backdrop for family souvenir photos.

Good timing:  Last week of November
How to get there:   Take Kyoto city bus 33 from Kyoto station or the Hankyu Kyoto train.  Get off at Katsura station and walk towards the east.
Reservations required

Free admission