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5-best Must-see illuminated Autumn-leaf Viewing Spots in Kyoto!

5-best Must-see illuminated Autumn-leaf Viewing Spots in Kyoto!

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Kyoto has many famous autumn-leaf viewing spots. Although the autumn leaves in the daytime are marvelous, you can enjoy the fantastic views of autumn leaves in a bit different way in the evening.
Let us show you the 5-best must-see illuminated autumn-leaf viewing spots:

1.Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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The beautifully illuminated maple trees in blazing red are breathtaking! There are amazing number of 1000 maple trees there!

●Basic data
Address: Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi Kyoto-fu, Kyoto prefecture
Illumination period: Beginning of November to the end of December
Illumination time: 18:30 – 21:30 (cut-off time for entry)
Admission fee: JPY 400 for adults; JPY 200 for elementary and junior high students.

2.Arashiyama Hana Toro
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Togetsu-kyo Bridge, one of the important landmarks of Arashiyama, is illuminated in the evenings and it shows appearance completely different from that of the daytime. If you have time we recommend you to see both autumn leaves.

●Basic data
Venue: Area around Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Saga
Illumination period: Mid-December
Illumination time: 17:00 – 20:30

3.Sohonzan (Grand head temple) Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple
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There are about 3000 trees including Japanese maple, Yamamomiji maple, and Omomiji maple planted within the site of Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple. The view of the illuminated maple trees is breathtakingly beautiful. The view of the reflections of autumn leaves on the surface of Hojo-ike Pond along with the illumination shines so fantastically is so mesmerizing enough to make you lose the track of time.

●Basic Data
Address: 48 Eikan-do, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture
Illumination period: Beginning of November to beginning of December (Annually)
Illumination time: 17:30- 20:30
Admission fee: JPY 600 for junior high students and above

4.Kyu Saga Gosho- Daikaku-ji Monseki
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Kyu Saga Gosho Daikaku-ji Monseki (Former imperial retirement villa originally built for Emperor Saga back in 7th century) , which is known as where Saga Goryu, one of the prominent ikebana, flower arrangement, schools was originated from, and the autumn leaves surrounding Osawa-no-ike Pond are very beautiful. In addition, the reflection of Shingyo Hoto pagoda and autumn leaves on the pond’s surface creates a fantastic world.

●Basic Data
Address: 4, Saga Osawa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture
Illumination period: Mid-November to the beginning of December (Annually)
Illumination time: 17:30-20:30
Admission fee: JPY 500 for adults; JPY 300 for kids

5.Nison-in Temple
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Nison-in Temple features a tunnel of maple trees which extends to about 100m (109yd).
The temple is also referred to as “Momiji-no baba (riding ground)”, and is designated as a cultural asset by Kyoto-shi.

●Basic Data
Address: 27, Saganison-inmonzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto prefecture
Illumination period: Mid- December
Illumination time: 17:30-20:30
Admission fee: JPY 500 for junior high school students and above

These are the introduction of carefully selected illumination spots in Kyoto.
Make sure to enjoy the autumn leaves both in the daytime and the evenings!