An Easy Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary for Autumn (or any season!)
Kyoto in Autumn: When Exactly to Go
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
How to Plan Your Kyoto Autumn Itinerary
Our 4 Day Kyoto Itinerary
Day 1: NW Kyoto (Golden Pavilion and Bamboo Grove)
Admission ¥400, 9 am to 5 pm. Take bus 205 from Kyoto Station to Kinkaku-ji-michi stop or bus 59 from Keihan Sanjo electric railway station to Kinkaku-ji-michi stop.
Admission ¥500, 8 am to 5:30 pm (March to November), 8:30 am to 5 pm (December to February). The 59 bus from Keihan Sanjo also stops here.
To get back to central Kyoto, take the JR Sagano (Sanin) line to Kyoto Station (15 min), or the Keifuku tram Arashiyama Line to Omiya Station (20 min). Note that the train and tram leave from different stations a few minutes apart on foot.
Honen-In: free, 6 am to 4 pm
Ginkaku-ji: ¥600 8:30 am to 5 pm (March to November), 9 am to 4:40 pm (December to February)
Kyoto from Nio-mon Gate, Kiyomizu Dera
beautiful restored streets of Sannenzaka around Kiyomizu Dera
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Kiyomizu Dera admission: ¥300, 6am to 6pm. Take bus #260 from Kyoto Station, get off at Kiyomizu-michi stop, then walk 10 minutes uphill.
Day 2: E. Kyoto (Kiyomizu Dera and Gion district)
I'm not going to pretend my wife and I knew what we were doing here...
lanterns at Yasaka Shrine
glimpses of geishas at work in Gion
Shimbashi, one of the prettiest streets in Japan
Admission: ¥600 6 am to 5 pm (November to February) to 6 pm (March to October)
Day 3: NE Kyoto (Path of Enlightenment area and Nishiki Market)
enormous torii in front of Heian-Jingu
autumn foliage at Eikan-do
The Path of Philosophy
interesting foods to photograph at Nishiki Market
kaisendon restaurant in the area of Nishiki Market
Day 4: S Kyoto (Fushimi-Inari Taisha)
Admission: free, early morning until late evening. Take the Keihan line from Keihan Sanjo station to Fushimi-Inari Station (10 minutes) or the local JR Nara line from Kyoto Station to Inari Station (5 minutes). From either station, you need to walk about half a kilometer to the east to reach the shrine.
Emily in a temple inside of Teramachi Shopping Arcade
Where to Stay in Kyoto
For solo travelers
Comicap Kyoto (Capsule Hotel) The large capsules here come with curtains, sockets, lights, slippers, and 24-hour desk, all in an ideal location.
Grids Kyoto This popular hostel is a great place to meet people, and they offer mixed, female-only dorms, or private rooms that are a good deal, as well as breakfast options and a bar.
Hotel M's If you are looking for a modern choice with all the amenities you need, only 1 minute from the subway, and at a bargain price, here it is!
Good for families
Resi Stay Nishiki Large family rooms here come with a kitchen, private bathroom and flat screen TV. One of the top rated choices in Kyoto.
Sakura Suite A touch classier and also great for kids, rooms here feature river views.
Bijuu A gorgeous self-serviced luxury apartment right by Nishiki Market. Check out the bathtub at this place!
I never travel without a good guidebook. These are my favorite. E-book version available!
Kyoyo-chi pond at Ryoan-ji
amazing maples leaves at Ryoan-ji
the classic view of the Main Hall of Kiyomizu Dera
want to get dressed up like this? try here! (this is a tourist's child dressed up like a geisha. I asked for permission before taking this.