Ruriko-in Temple, Kyoto
The picturesque Ruriko-in Temple in Kyoto is the go-to Instagram spot for the city’s autumn foliage. It only opens twice a year – once in autumn and then in spring. Located near Mt Hiei and surrounded by lush nature, the temple is best known for its brilliant red momiji (Japanese maple) come autumn – and the best spot to photograph them is from the second floor of the temple’s Shoin building. The room features a black laquered table that’s so well polished that it mirrors the foliage outside the window, creating a stunning visual effect. The peak time to visit the momiji is from mid- to late-November.