Entrance to the main area, the line waiting to buy tickets snaked all the way around the parking lot! (Photo: Andrea Kahlow)

Kodai-ji Fall Illumination in Kyoto

Spotlights on the fall foliage

Andrea Kahlow   - 1 min read

Fall to early Winter is a popular time in Kyoto due to the Fall Illuminations. Like Christmas Illuminations, it involves lots of lights once the sun goes down, but unlike twinkling Christmas lights these illuminations are more like spotlights on the fall foliage. Since Kyoto is farther south than Tokyo the fall foliage season lasts into December.

Several of the most well-known temples and shrines have Fall Illuminations, including Kyomizudera and Nanzen-ji. Kodai-ji's reflective pool makes the fall colors and light look particularly magical, and it's easy to think for a second you are in some kind of fairy tale.

Kodai-ji's Fall Illumination is usually from late October to early December. Fall Illumination hours are from sunset (usually 5:00) to 7:30 and the entrance fee is 600 yen.

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Andrea Kahlow

Andrea Kahlow @andrea.kahlow

Who: Japan travel enthusiast  Loves: coffee, anime/manga, tea, traveling, binge watching tv shows, animal cafes, japanese arcades, soft fluffy things, food, pretending to take cool photos, and anything artsy. Goals: to travel all over Japan and improve my Japanese!