Our next pick for top destinations in Kyoto in the fall season is Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This is arguably one of the most famous temples, not only in Kyoto city, but throughout all of Japan. Although we recommend visiting during your Kyoto travels regardless of season, Kiyomizu-dera Temple truly shines during the fall in Japan.
The view from the famous wooden terrace here at Kiyomizu-dera Temple is phenomenal, and the array of autumnal leaves that can be seen from you is beautiful. The daytime views are worth the trip, but if you can, we reccommend visiting during the night. Many sightseeing spots in Kyoto city offer special light-ups and night viewing during the Kyoto autumn season, but Kiyomizu-dera’s special night viewing is hands down our favorite. The sight of the famous terrace floating over a sea of lit up red momiji leaves in the dark is one of the best views not only in Kyoto, but autumn in Japan.
To get to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take the bus from JR Kyoto Station to Gojo-zaka bus stop. From the bus stop, it’s an uphill walk up to the temple, and there are also steps once you get there. Be sure to put on your walking shoes!
There’s a good reason that fall in Japan is such a popular season to visit, and Kyoto in the autumn is truly one of the best destinations. Almost every location in Kyoto offers beautiful autumnal views, but you can’t go wrong with our recommendations. We hope you have fun planning your furture trip to Kyoto in the fall season!