Ryogin-An Temple Zen Japanese gardens at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. best places to visit in kyoto it autumn. best things to do in kyoto. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

So if you’re looking for a day of fall colors in Kyoto, it can be perfect to start your day off at Tofukuji Temple!

This is a famous temple in Kyoto to see fall foliage, and when I went in November (practically December) 2019, I came across 3 areas on the Tofukuji Temple grounds that required paid entry.

One of these paid areas that you can visit within the Tofukuji Temple grounds is the Ryogin-an Temple.

This is a small temple area and it’s a short walk around Ryogin-an to explore a temple and Japanese zen gardens in Kyoto with fall colors.

 

 

The cost to enter the Ryogin-an Zen garden area was 500 yen (US$5)

This was the cost when I went anyway!

Per the lady at the ticket counter, the time required to walk through the area is around 10 minutes. Although you could spend longer if you want to take pictures of fall colors or just take in the gardens a little longer.

 

 

According to the official people at Tofukuji Temple:

Ryogin-an is one of the sub-temples of Tofuku-ji and belongs to the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai Sect.

The Hojo (Abbot’s Hall) is a national treasure from the Muromachi period (end of 14th century to the beginning of the 15th century) and is the oldest existing Hojo in Japan today.

The main feature of this temple are the three Karesansui, or Zen gardens, circumscribing the Hojo on the east, west, and south sides.

The three gardens all represent deep Zen philosophies.

 

 

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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 the cost of a JR pass and how to figure out if it will be worth it for you!

 

 

And now…

The fall foliage you might see with a walk around Ryogin-an Temple zen garden grounds!

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

 

Walking to Ryogin-an

This part walking through the Tofukuji Temple grounds to get to Ryogin-an is free

 

Walking around Tofukuji Temple bridge to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Walking around Tofukuji Temple bridge to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Walking around Tofukuji Temple bridge to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Walking around Tofukuji Temple to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Walking around Tofukuji Temple to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Walking around Tofukuji Temple to get to Ryogin-an temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

Path to Ryogin-an

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog
You can take this picture for free, but if you walk on this path without paying for a ticket, you’ll be stopped!

 

 

Walking around zen gardens

The paid entry part!

 

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen rock gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji 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 Ryogin-An Temple!

 

You can then make your way to explore more of Tofukuji Temple!

 

Ryogin-an Zen gardens Temple at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. red orange yellow. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And when you’re ready to leave, you can see more fall colors by starting a walk to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, making stops at Chishaku-in Temple and Myoho-in Temple for more fall foliage in Kyoto!

 

HAPPY SEEING AUTUMN COLORS IN KYOTO AT TOFUKUJI TEMPLE’S RYOGIN-AN ZEN GARDEN!

 

Ryogin-An Temple Zen Japanese gardens at Tofukuji Temple for autumn fall foliage colors in Kyoto. best places to visit in kyoto it autumn. best things to do in kyoto. 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



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