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2014/11/12
Autumn Colors Report 2014 - This is What I Wanted for Kyoto! Autumn Fills Kyoto with Refined Red Color

Kyoto Tower in the Sky

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-100)

Following my Sakura trip this spring, I'm visiting Kyoto again. Indeed, this is my first time to come here in the season of autumn colors. I'm pretty excited!

Sakura Report 2014 – Floral Town of Kyoto is the Best to See Sakura!

As I reached Kyoto station, the sky was clear as if it had been implying the success of this autumn colors trip. From now on, I'm going to go around the Kyoto city!

 

Colorful Kyoto Street

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-320)

The center of Kyoto city is ready for visitors from a distance. The various colors of the trees are decorating the floral town of Kyoto. As it is in the early stage of the autumn colors season, some of the leaves are still green, which gives colorfulness rather than vividness. How awesome they are!

 

Colorful Enkianthus perulatus in front of Kyoto City Hall

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (70mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

Enkianthus perulatus does look like the photo above! This is right in front of Kyoto City Hall. I love this.

Then, let's go to Eikando Temple which my friend recommended to me. While I was walking through the Higashiyama District, ...

 

Wild Cat at Maruyama Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

I found one wild cat at Maruyama Park! You know, it's the very beginning of this four-day trip. It must be telling a good fortune!

 

Yuzen-en Garden at Chionin Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO-100)

On the way to Eikando Temple, I found a temple named Chionin, which has a Japanese garden named Yuzen-en. I entered here because I could clearly see this vivid red color from the outside.

 

Red Leaves of Yuzen-en Garden at Chionin Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO-640)

The garden itself was a bit small. But you can easily drop in while going around Higashiyama District. OK. Let's move on.

 

Street before Nanzenji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/8, 1/30 sec, ISO-100)

I walked further to to the northern east. The view around the splash was spectacular on the way.

 

Colorful Leaves at Nanzenji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)

Oh, this is great! I went through Nanzenji Temple while heading for Eikando Temple. This temple was full of people, but was full of beautiful autumn colors, too. The biggest surprise was that it offers these autumn colors for FREE.

 

Japanese maple tree at Nanzenji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (129mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)

What a big Japanese maple tree...

 

Japanese maple tree and car at Nanzenji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

It's a bit pity that the cars were parking near this tree. But in another point of view, this blue color is adding the last primary color to this photo, haha.

 

Fallen Leaves at Eikando Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 1/100 sec, ISO-100)

I'm now in front of Eikando Temple! A small number of fallen leaves are scattering modestly on the green moss.

 

Red Colors at Eikando Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (121mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO-200)

Once I entered the inside, I was surrounded by this. Literally colorful. This is what I wanted for Kyoto!

 

Red leaves at Eikando Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO-250)

I approached the red leaves. They looked decent and refined.

 

Tea Space of Eikando Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (70mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO-200)

Eikando Temple does have this tea area. It must be a fantastic moment to drink green tea while eating dumplings.

 

Stone stairs at Kurama Temple from bottom

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-100)

After enjoying the autumn colors at Eikando Temple, I visited Kurama Temple. Vivid colors surround the stone stairs. Although this mountainous temple is a bit far from the center of Kyoto and requires you to walk up a bit, Kurama Temple was welcoming quite a few visitors today.

 

Red leaves at Kurama Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (70mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO-200)

Once you look up here, the red ceiling fully purifies your heart and body.

 

Autumn colorsa at the entrance of Kurama Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

The main square is nearby!

 

Orange Sakura tree at Kurama Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (20mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO-100)

The Sakura tree shines in orange in front of the main square. It reminds me of how beautiful this temple was this April.

 

Inside Kurama Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 IIDG HSM (24mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO-100)

Sadly, the Sakura trees of the main square had lost their leaves already. It tells me how difficult it is to see the best of various autumn colors spots at one time.

 

Stone stairs at Kurama Temple from top

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (70mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

Now, I'm going down the stairs. Leaves of the Japanese maple tree look authentically beautiful even by looking from the above.

 

Colorul leaves at Kurama Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

The leaves near the roof on the left wear warm sunlight. It's just amazing...

 

Starscape with Kyoto Tower

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/1.4, 9.5 sec, ISO-100)

At night, I was astonished to find numerous stars in the sky above Kyoto Tower. The sky must be more transparent and the town must be darker than in Tokyo.

I'm going to visit Shiga, Osaka and Nara prefectures from tomorrow. I hope I have fine weathers all the days!

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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