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It’s colour prime time in Kyoto and the city is a visual delight at every turn bursting with bright and colourful autumn foliage. Wandering the city’s streets is made even more pleasant by the sunny and cool weather this time of the year brings. And, as always in the cultural capital of Japan, there is plenty happening in the city, from autumn geiko dances to dreamy train journeys through lit up maple foliage. Or, if you want to take the road less travelled, venture off to the untouched countryside and learn about Kyoto’s fascinating wood heritage in the deep mountains in the northeast of Kyoto.

No matter what you choose to do, it will be magical.

Happy Travels!

Alison

Cover image © Flickr – Raymond Ling

EVENTS

Image © Kyoto City Tourism Association

Dreamy Train Rides: Autumn Leaves & Lantern Light-Up

A case of the journey being even more thrilling than the destination, during this colourful event, the streets of the Kibune area, in the northern part of Kyoto City, will be lined with lanterns and illuminated with subtle light. The colourful maple leaves around Kifune-jinja Shrine will be lit up, and the maple tree tunnels along the Eizan Railway between Kibune-guchi Station, Ninose Station, and Ichihara Station will be illuminated as well.

When: Early – late November 2018 (as currently planned)
Where: Eizan Railway Kurama Line to Kibune-guchi Station

Image © Flickr – Patrick Vierthaler

Autumn Gion Odori Dance

Gion Odori is your chance to see geiko and maiko in action as they perform their elegant and charming traditional autumn dances. Gion Odori is one of the more intimate ways to experience the long-held dance tradition and thus counts as one of the most enticingly charming geiko and maiko performances in town. We think it’s an absolute must-do for any traveller visiting Kyoto in early November.

When: 1-10 November 2018
Where: Gion Kaikan Hall
Admission Fee: Performance Price: ¥ 4,000

Image © Flickr – Vanessa

Kyoto Pathway & Sight Illuminations

Once again, the yearly Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro will see Kyoto’s most famous temples and shrines and other histocial and cultural heritage sites and city streets transform into festival pathways. About 5 kilometers in the famous Saga-Arashiyama Area will be decorated with traditional lanterns and large ikebana displays making for one of the most magical nighttime experiences one can have in Kyoto.

When: 17 November – 2 December 2018 (lanterns will be lit from 5-8.30pm)
Where: Saga-Arashiyama Area

Autumn Temple Viewing

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. When it comes to temple viewing, autumn is an absolute gem of a season during day and night time. Seeing Kyoto’s temples covered in autumn foliage is an incredible feast for the eyes and so are the magical night illuminations. Here are some of our Top Spots for Autumn Temple viewing:
Kogen-ji Temple: Learn more here
To-ji Temple: Learn more here
Entoku-in Temple: Learn more here
Tofuku-ji Temple: Special Autumn Maple Viewing – Learn more here

NEWS

Kyoto to host the World’s largest Museum Conference

In 2019, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) will hold its general conference for the first time in Japan – and Kyoto was confirmed as the host city! The theme of ICOM 2019, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”, is one that resonates perfectly for Kyoto. As the imperial capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto preserves its traditions while embracing innovation in art, design, architecture and lifestyle. The city is home to more than 200 public and private museums, as well as numerous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines which hold various national treasures and cultural assets. From delving into Kyoto’s craft tradition at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, to learning all about the famous mangas at the Kyoto National Manga Museum and everything in between, Kyoto offers something for every taste.

PRACTICAL INFO

Image © Kyoto City Tourism Association

Getting Around: Your Guide to Kyoto Subway, Buses, and Sightseeing Passes

Kyoto is well-known for being a very walkable city, with few hills and tall buildings. But visitors also have a wealth of options when it comes to public transportation, from the Kyoto subway, to Kyoto City Buses and a number of train lines that run throughout the city. Find out how to navigate Kyoto after you’ve arrived at Kyoto Station, and how to make use of the city’s various sightseeing passes!

THIS MONTH’S INSPIRATION

Image © Kyoto City Tourism Association

Off the Beaten Path: The Deep Mountains of Kyoto

Go off the beaten track and get to know a side of Kyoto you never knew about. Deep in the mountains northeast of Kyoto, Keihoku is well known for the wood industry supported by its endless rows of cedar trees. Beautiful and sparsely populated, Keihoku is an excellent place to experience the Kyoto City countryside.

AND THERE IS MORE…

From geiko dances to breathtaking temples, local handicraft markets to art exhibitions and everything in between, Kyoto – “the cultural capital of Japan” – is home to an incredible range of fabulous cultural attractions and events.

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