Perfect Kyoto Itineraries 3 Days In Autumn -Part II- (Sanjusangendo, Toji, Nijo Castle, Kodaiji, Arashiyama)

Kyoto, one of the highlights of a trip in Japan, is best known for its autumn. This article shows the latter half of a 3 days/2 nights itinerary to view the beautiful scenery of autumn foliage. It includes places, such as Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Toji Temple, Bamboo groves in Arashiyama and Kodaiji Temple.

Continued from "Enjoy Autumn Kyoto Suggested Itineraries in 2 Nights And 3 Days -Part I-"

4) Let's Go To Sanjusangendo Hall To See 1001 Statues Of Buddha

From Uji Station, take Nara Line to Tohukuji Station and walk from there for about 15 minutes.

Sanjusangendo is a wooden temple and it has 120m width.

This wide hall has been used for Japanese archery competitions as well.

This temple has a lower profile than other temples, but they have a hidden jem that you can only see in this hall and tourists leave good comments about it on travel guides such as tripadviser.

People say, "You find someone you want to see in the statues,” (1001 statues all look unique and different). When you look into each statue closely, you may find the one who looks like a friend you haven't seen in a long time...?

5) On Our Way To Toji Temple For Famous Five Storied Pagota let's move on to Toji Temple, which was built in 794 and has a famous Five Storey Pagoda!

The easiest way to get to Toji is to take a cab, or you can take public bus #206 or #208 to Kyoto Station, then take Kintetsu Rail Line to Toji Station.

The maple trees and cherry blossoms surrounding the Pagoda make for fantastic scenery in autumn and spring, respectively...

Found a little booth serving Matcha green tea and Japanese confectionary just outside of Toji! The sweets are shaped like a maple leaf..beautiful!

You will love seeing the temple at night too!

6) You Aren't Tired Yet...Are You? See Nijo Castle!

If you still have some energy to explore, let's see Nijo Castle! You may want to take a cab to save up some time.

Nijo Castle is the place the first Shogun announced Edo era had started and the last Shogun announced its end.

Tremendeous colored maple leaves make the ground like a red carpet! Take your time and enjoy it!

Okay...I was exhausted...I couldn't take an another step…

We went back to the hotel and had dinner there.

Darkness Makes The Scenery Even More Beautiful...Illumination In Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple is a popular location to see beautiful leaves at night...they lighten up the trees and leaves!

Don't just look up, the pond has beautiful leaves reflected!

Colored leaves everywhere... Can't express how beautiful they are in words...

Bamboo is lit up too!

If you want to know more about Kodaiji Temple illumination, see "Fantastic Night Illumination At Kodaiji Temple In Autumn" as well.

After this, my feet were complaining “No more!”...

8) Christmas Tree in Kyoto...It's A Picture Time!

The next morning, we put our luggage in a coin locker in Kyoto Station.

If your hotel is willing to keep your luggage, that would be great, but if not, use coin lockers... However, the lockers are limited in numbers, so do this early in the morning to be safe.

Christmas is just around the corner in November...even in Kyoto!

You have seen many Buddhism related things in Kyoto such as temples and statues, and now you see Christmas stuff...yes, you are still in Japan!

9) Arashiyama, We Come!

To get to Arashiyama, take Sanin Main Line to JR Saga Arashiyama Station for a 16 minute train ride.

There is a bus available, but train ride is more reliable.

To get a great view, go to Togetsukyo Bridge! It only take 10 minutes on foot.

Very a drawing palette!

If You Are Arashiyama, Don't Miss Out Tenryuji Temple!

With another 10 minute walk, you can get to Tenryuji Temple: The World Heritage.

This view from the temple is another popular view in Kyoto in autumn.

Finish Your Journey With Bamboo Street

Your impressive journey ends here on Bamboo Street! After Tenryuji Temple, you walk along the road...then Bamboo Street appears in your sight. The street is covered with long bamboo feels like my soul has been purified by walking through this fantastic little path...

You will love taking some pictures in the street!

If you want to know more about Arashiyama sightseeing, see "The First Arashiyama Day Trip...Are You Ready?".

We went back to Tokyo after a short-yet-wonderful 2 nights and 3 days!

It was such a short time...but so many sights we could have visited! Yes it made my feet tired, but it was definitely worth it!!

Kyoto in autumn is one of the busiest time in a year, so if you plan to visit Kyoto, plan ahead and come on weekdays!

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Written by y_a_j_i

This is Yaji that was born in Nagano and living Tokyo now. I love drinking, especially Japanese sake and Japanese tapas. I will introduce many great restaurants and bars all over Tokyo!