Kyoto is a bastion of traditional Japanese architecture. The city has held on to its past more than ultramodern Tokyo. Japan is best known for its springtime foliage, but the fall colors are arguably just as stunning. The trees turn deep reds and blazing oranges during the month of November.
It's easy to predict the peak days for leaf watching in Kyoto. The leaves reach their brightest hues on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, in September. The tide of color then moves south, reaching the Kansai region — where Kyoto is located — in November. Places like the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera (pictured) and the Ginkakaji Temples are perfect for enjoying the autumn scenes.