Best Illuminations In Kyoto-shi

Here're best Illuminations in Kyoto-shi. We released a ranking of reviews about Illuminations posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Kyoto-shi.

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Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.



You can go to Toji Temple from the Kyoto station on foot. The fivefold pagoda is highest in Japan and a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Moreover, you can see a Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in spring. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are very fantastic.


Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.



Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto. I visited several places to light up the autumn leaves, but this place is a spot for autumn leaves that can only be said to be true.


Atago Shrine

2 Review

Address:1 Saga Atago-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

The event has held for more than 20 years in late summer. Along the Atado old main street from Seiryo-ji Temple to Atado Shrine, big, small and various lanterns are lightened and fantastic. They light the street softly.◎8/23-8/25 every year together with memorial ceremony of Adashino-nembutsu-ji Temple. As many as 800 lanterns drawn by students of art school and the local children are impressive.


Address:55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Yase Hieizan-guchi Station, 5 min walk from Yase Station. By bus, 50 min from Kyoto Station to Yase Station, then 7 min walk.


Anyone can take pictures of beautiful reflections at Ruriko-in Temple. It gets very crowded on weekends, but it has worth visiting once in your life. The bus is available though, the train is better.


Address:36 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto



The autumn foliage of Arashiyama. Hogon-in Temple is usually closed, but it admits you to the garden only in spring and autumn. The autumn colored trees are lightened up at night and show us the different scenes from daytime.


Address:24 Saga Kitabori-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. 3 min walk from Araden Rokuouin Station. By bus, 40 min from Kyoto Station to Shimo Saga, then 3 min walk. By car or taxi, 30 min from Kyoto Station.



Limited for only 100 people to enter, the night special visiting was held for the first time in 2016. A tunnel of fall foliage worth seeing even in the daytime becomes indescribably beautiful by the illuminations at night. I want this special visiting to be held in and after 2017.

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