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10 Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Kyoto & When to Enjoy in 2022

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Autumn

Kyoto in autumn is a magical time of year, with a spectacular display of leaves changing color. In 2022, the best time to see fall foliage in Kyoto is from around November 26 to December 8, when the Japanese maples turn red and ginkgo shift to gold. During this time, the fall foliage and the distinctly Japanese backdrops of the city’s temples and shrines converge to create unforgettable memories. Here are ten excellent spots where you can fully enjoy Kyoto in autumn and take in the city’s elegant atmosphere.

The 60-Meter TOWER SLIDER - A Thrilling New Attraction in Tsutenkaku, Osaka

Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi Landmarks

The Tsutenkaku observation tower is the symbol of Osaka's iconic Shinsekai district. Right next door is the coiled snake-like TOWER SLIDER, which just opened in May 2022. The 60-meter slide runs from 22 meters above ground into a basement, and takes just 10 seconds to descend! We visited the TOWER SLIDER to discover just how thrilling it really is!

10 Hotels in Osaka: Recommended Places to Stay Near Sightseeing Areas

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Hotels

Osaka is a perfect place to stay, thanks to its proximity to Kyoto and other major sightseeing locations! Here we'll introduce recommended places to stay in Osaka that are close to sightseeing spots in areas like Umeda (north) and Namba (south).

Kyoto Momiji: 5 Stunning Places to See Fall Colors in Kyoto

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Parks

Autumn in Kyoto is a beautiful, vibrantly colored season thanks to the many hues of autumn foliage. Momiji is the word for the Japanese maple leaves colored red in the fall, and are a symbol for Japanese autumn. Kyoto momiji, in particular, are well known for their spectacular show, and crowds of people head to the city's many temples and shrines to catch the scenery at its best. Here we will introduce some of the best areas in Kyoto to catch the momiji, from the mainstream spots to lesser-known hidden gems.

Annual Japanese Festivals & Events: When to See Fireworks, Enjoy Traditional Dances & More

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Japanese Festivals (Matsuri)

Festivals, known in Japanese as matsuri, are a deep part of Japan's culture. Many traditional festivals are held in Japan all throughout the year. There are also a number of seasonal events, from cherry blossom festivals to fireworks displays, and musical performances. Here we share a fun-filled list of events and festivals held throughout the Kanto, Kansai, Hokkaido, and Tohoku regions, organized by month. When planning your trip to Japan, make your time more rewarding by enjoying a traditional Japanese festival! (*All events listed are subject to change or cancellation in accordance with health and safety protocols.) Top Photo: Aomori Tourism and Convention Association

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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