If you only have time to visit one place in autumn, Kyoto is your best bet. Japan’s cultural capital is home to some of the country’s most famous koyo spots including the picturesque Ruriko-in Temple, where the garden’s autumn scenery can be seen reflected on a polished black laquered table. Although Arashiyama is most popular for its bamboo forest, this countryside neighbourhood also offers beautiful autumn leaves on its forested mountains along the river.
Kyoto’s temples are undoubtedly the highlight of the autumn season. You can catch gorgeous foliage at many temples including Tofukuji Temple, Kiyomizudera and Eikando. The peak time to visit Kyoto is usually from mid-November through early December.