- Located in mountainous northwest Kyoto City, Takao is home to a particularly stunning display of autumn colors thanks to significant temperature changes between day and night. It is also famous as the place where autumn leaves first appear in the city, and has long been a favorite destination for fall foliage trips.
- Being one hour away from Kyoto Station also makes it accessible, so those wanting to enjoy trees ablaze in color amid the majesty of nature are encouraged to make the trip. The area is also home to numerous must-see spots while hiking, including Saimyo-ji Temple, Kozan-ji Temple, and Jingo-ji Temple, which stands among nearly 3,000 gorgeously-colored Japanese Maple trees. Along the Kiyotakikawa River, which flows just beside Jingo-ji Temple, is Momijiya, a time-honored restaurant with over 100 years of history. Crossing over a suspension bridge built just for the restaurant, one arrives at the restaurant’s kawayuka terrace, built into the riverbed. While kawayuka may be a feature uniquely associated with summer, here one can enjoy kawayuka dishes from spring through fall.
- And while the views of autumn colors here are outstanding, the beauty of the trees reflected in the Kiyotakikawa River also captivates. Experiencing the babbling of a crystal clear stream, autumn leaves, and seasonal dishes in mountainous Takao will surely make for an unsurpassed moment.