Autumn

Kyoto in Autumn

It was interesting to discover that the tourist office would not really tell us the best places to view autumn leaves as they say too many people go there! Still, armed with our indispensable guidebooks we managed to see the key places for magnificent autumn foliage. We also managed to pick times of the day that the crowds were bearable but it was the buses that were unpleasantly cramped at times.
Tokufu-ji before the crowdsTokufu-ji before the crowds Kinkaku-ji (golden pavilion)Kinkaku-ji (golden pavilion)
Geisha'sGeisha's A magnificent dance by a Maiko (trainee geisha)A magnificent dance by a Maiko (trainee geisha)
Some of the thousands of  red tori at Fushimi-InariSome of the thousands of red tori at Fushimi-Inari Fox is the most common statue hereFox is the most common statue here
Arriving at Eikan-do in the warm late afternoon light with threatening rain cloudsArriving at Eikan-do in the warm late afternoon light with threatening rain clouds The most amazing autumn colours I've seenThe most amazing autumn colours I've seen

Autumn gone - but not forgotten

During autumn I was planning on changing the colours and theme of this site with the seasons but somehow time has escaped me (now it is past and plum blossom season has almost started)! However, the colours were amazing and are worth revisiting...
Contrasting red against blue sky and lakeContrasting red against blue sky and lake The path leading to the bridgeThe path leading to the bridge

The Japanese pay a great deal of attention to the seasons and it is popular just to go out "viewing". Indeed the maple season rivals that of the cherry blossoms, although all through the year there are so many different flowers and colours that if you're attentive there is some beautiful nature to see at almost anytime.

EmergingEmerging Full to lateFull to late

Like the "hanami" (flower viewing during cherry blossom season) the autumn colours do not come all at once. In any one park there may be leaves still green whilst others are bright shades of red and yellow. In general the maple leaves turn at a later time than other deciduous trees.
Stepping stonesStepping stones Brilliant illumination from behindBrilliant illumination from behind
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