Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. best places to visit in kyoto it autumn. best things to do in kyoto. Tofukuji temple to kiyomizudera temple walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

I happened across Chishaku-In Temple as I was walking from one popular temple for autumn fall colors to another popular temple for autumn fall colors – Tofukuji Temple to Kiyomizu-dera Temple!

To get between these two famous temples is about a 45 minute walk, and if you’re not really feel like walking this extra amount (there’s likely lots of walking in your day no matter what!), then there’s also a bus that will get you between these 2 places that will require a little less walking.

But if you do decide to walk, you’ll come across a couple of less tourist visited spots, including Chishaku-in Temple! (Myoho-In Temple is another.)

This might not be a place you would go out of your way to visit, unless you’re chasing fall colors and spots with less people!

But if you’ll be going from Tofukuji to Kiyomizu-dera, then this could be along the way if you decide to walk between these two areas.

It’s a pretty small little walk around the temple grounds, and there’s lots of red to be seen if you’re in Kyoto around the peak of fall colors.

And when I went in November (practically December) 2019… it was FREE!

 

As for the significance of this temple, according to the City of Kyoto:

Chishaku-in is the head temple of the Shingon Chisan sect of Buddhism, with more than 3,000 subordinate temples throughout Japan.

 

 

πŸ—ΎπŸ

Side note! See quick Kyoto travel tips if it's your first trip to Japan. Also see ideas for how to spend time in Kyoto with the Kyoto travel planning map and 5 day Kyoto itinerary. For Kyoto in spring, see this one day cherry blossom photo walk. Also see ideas for how to spend winter in Japan - 10 day itinerary with Japan Alps and 7 day itinerary in Hokkaido! And finally, see how to figure out if a JR pass will be worth it!

 

 

And now…

The fall foliage you might see with a walk around Chishaku-in Temple grounds!

…aka photos to see koyo (fall foliage!) in Kyoto!

 

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And that’s a bit of what you might see around the peak of fall colors in Kyoto at Chishaku-in Temple!

 

Then, if you’re making the walk from Tofukuji Temple to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, you can continue the walk by going on a short small pathway that will get you back to the main road! You can also make a stop at the small Myoho-In Temple.

 

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. getting from Tofukuji temple to kiyomizudera temple walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. getting from Tofukuji temple to kiyomizudera temple walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. getting from Tofukuji temple to kiyomizudera temple walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

HAPPY SEEING AUTUMN COLORS IN KYOTO AT CHISHAKU-IN TEMPLE!

 

Chishaku-in Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. best places to visit in kyoto it autumn. best things to do in kyoto. Tofukuji temple to kiyomizudera temple walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

For more fall colors, be sure to see the 3-day Kyoto itinerary for a fall foliage photo walk!

DAY 1: Walk from Tofukuji to Kiyomizu-dera

DAY 2: Around the Philosopher's Path

DAY 3: Around Arashiyama



How to spend winter in Japan

Backpacking Japan travel blog: Japan winter itinerary. Japan itinerary travel planning tips. Backpacking Japan travel blog: Hokkaido winter itinerary. Japan itinerary travel planning tips.

More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

There are affiliate links on this page that take you to partner websites.

Among the top 3 things people get specific for a trip to Japan


Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto!


For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.

Food in Japan
If you are in Japan for FOOD, then be sure to see where to try different types of Japanese food! (Sometimes for cheaper!)

And also have a look at some of these cooking classes in Japan too.

When the JR pass is worth it
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure. See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon. There have been a few typhoons that have hit Japan in the past couple of years and they can cause real travel disruptions!

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Create your Japan itinerary


That's it for now!




Backpacking Asia - Japan to India Backpacking Asia - Japan to Hawaii Backpacking Asia - Japan to Hawaii Backpacking Asia - Japan to Hawaii