Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. It is one of the country’s ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face.
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
Special Autumn Temple Openings in Kyoto, 2018
Cherry blossoms aren’t the only seasonal sight worth coming out to see. As the summer heat cools down, the gardens of many of Kyoto’s temples and shrines come ablaze with the radiant red and yellow of autumn maple leaves. Several temples also put on special seasonal events, including light-ups and illuminations of the colorful autumn leaves, and special openings of parts of the temples that are usually closed to the public.
See below for a few of these events and locations to take in the beauty of autumn in Kyoto!