Kyoto Autumn 2013: Tofukuji

“Let’s meet up early.  Let’s start early before it gets too BUSY.”

Unfortunately everybody was thinking of the same thing.

When I arrived at Tofukuji Station 10 minutes past 9 in the morning, I can already feel the excitement in the air.

By 9:40 am the group left while I waited for the 2 girls who got stuck in the crowd. We went and got stuck at the gate going inside the temple, I got suffocated with all people I decided to ran back out before I faint. The group was already inside while the 3 of us decided to wait for them while having some hot tea and some muffins. We made the right decision.

A beautiful maple tree on our way to Tofukuji.

Tofukuji (東福寺)
While trying to get in, I got lucky to take a few shots. It’s not that obvious but their are more people trying to get picture on the other side.

We found a nearby temple, albeit a small one selling warm tea and some Japanese sweets/snack. Got in an took a picture of this lovely maple tree.

Still part of the Tofukuji property. This road leads to the private hall of the monks or temple staff.

Tofukuji is very famous for autumn viewing but I think it’s overrated and too touristy.


Tofukuji can reached by either using JR or Keihan Trains and get off at Tofukuji Station.

Fee : 400 yen to get inside the temple.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. One of the most beautiful cities. So awesome that you can be there in the fall. I remember being there in November in 1987 and it was just as amazing with those incredible colors.

    1. samokan says:

      Thanks. Kyoto is definitely one of the most beautiful city around Kansai area.

  2. Pretty colorful post 🙂

    Nice shots.

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much. The best I could do with an iPhone camera 🙂

  3. Those colors are beautiful. I love the fall for photography. I didn’t realize Japan was so colorful.

    1. samokan says:

      It’s like a national thing here. They even have dedicated sites that will predict which is the best time to view. Some areas even have Maple leaves tempura.

  4. TBM says:

    Oh I love the leaves. So colorful. I love this time of year!

    1. samokan says:

      Me too. There are more coming, much much better than this one 🙂

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