Intro: There are many famous places for maple leaves in Kyoto, such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Arashiyama, etc. It is very nice to visit to all of them; however, if your time is limited, we recommend you to visit Kinkakuji Temple, Tofukuji Temple or Sinyudo.
Places: The Kinkakuji Temple in fall is particularly popular, especially on a sunny day, because you will enjoy blue sky, white clouds, leaves, and shining gold foliage, which makes for a fantastic view. If you are a photography enthusiast, we believe you will enjoy the Kinkakuji Temple during fall, despite the crowds. Tofukuji Temple is famous for its sky corridor. From there, if you look down, you will have an amazing view of the red maples, which are spectacular in colour. The other recommended place to visit is a private attraction – Sinyudo. There you will find a variety of maples, which turn red at different times, so you might see a beautiful array of colours, including red, yellow and even green maple leaves all at the same time. There is no entrance fee of Sinyudo, so it’s well worth a visit!
Time of Year: In general, maple leaves turn red around the beginning of November, sooner or later depending on the weather and areas. The season lasts for 3 to 4 weeks. At the time when the leaves are falling, you might have a chance to walk in a path covered by a blanket of fallen leaves. The best time we recommend is from the middle to the end of November.