Fall Foliage at Katsura Rikyu

See autumn color without the crowds

By Mandy Bartok    - 1 min read

Millions flock to Kyoto every year to see the city's stunning display of fall foliage but only about two dozen of those travelers can see the beauty of Katsura Rikyu at one time. This property of the Imperial Household Agency requires a special permit to visit (free, obtainable either online via lottery system or in person at the Kyoto Imperial Palace office). The villa and surrounding garden is viewable on a guided tour only but you have plenty of time to see the splendor of autumn when there are no hordes of people competing with you for the best photo spot.This is one of the quietest places in the city to catch the maples at their seasonal best.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10+ years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.