Kyoto Travel Guide in Autumn season


Kyoto is my all time favorite city, and I’ve been to many times already since child. Beside, it’s a relatively good access from Nagoya which only takes 30 min of Shinkansen ride!

This time I went there in autumn season in November, just right time to enjoy colour leaves in beautiful old city! Wearing in Kimono with my husband was another memorable experience.

Here is our 1 night 2 days trip in Kyoto, hope this may help one of your idea in your trip!

Lunch at Ichizen near Kyoto Station

We kept luggage at the hotel, and no idea where to have lunch so we were heading back to Kyoto station and we bumped into a little authentic Kyoto restaurant near the hotel. I love this kind of aging architecture as I can feel the history.

First we were a little scared how much it will be….Guess how much? Only 1000 yen for this lunch and absolutely satisfied this. How incredible is that!

Wearing in Kimono & Wandering around in Arashiyama

We stopped by at the Kimono rental store near Kyoto station, and select the one. After that the store lady made my hair so beautiful! We both changed in Kimono, and enjoyed walking along the beautiful pavement in Kyoto.

Bamboo forest in Arashiyama.

We stopped by at Tenryu-ji.

Staying at Mercure Kyoto Station

The room is cozy, and facility is new! I personally love Accor Hotel Group as I worked as Guest Relation Officer in Bangkok!

Dinner at inside the hotel “Trattoria M Kyoto”

One thing we surprised was….in the evening time most of restaurants are FULL.

Unless you didn’t make a reservation in advance, it was not easy to just go in and eat. We were walking around 30 min to find the dinner place, but only Vietnamese restaurant was available…

So we came back to the restaurant inside the hotel, but it was the best decision! We really enjoyed Italian restaurant. 4000 Yen for 1 course dinner with this quality is quite reasonable!

The autumn leaves in Ginkakuji

I personally love Ginkakuji, and the most favorite temples / shrines in Kyoto.

Ginkakuji is not that famous temple compared to Kinkakuji or Kiyomizu-dera. These two places are beautiful indeed yet always crowded with tourists. However, Ginkakuji is a hidden gem as its less tourists, and mixture of wooden architecture & autumn foliage is absolutely stunning!

As a Japanese, we value the personality of modest 奥ゆかしいOkuyukashii and humble 謙虚Kenkyo. I feel like Ginkakuji is an exact perfect match of these words.

Walk around Ginkakuji, and we stepped up the stairs also!

Here is a nice view from the top!

Look at the moss garden, and the little cute brunch!

Information in details

酒盃 いち膳 Shuhai Ichizen

Business hoursMon to Sat – Lunch : 11:00 to 14:00
Dinner : 17:30 to 23:00
Sun & Holidays – Dinner only : 17:30 to 22:30
TransportationKyoto Station – 5min by walk
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Mercure Kyoto Station

Contact075-343-5533 /
TransportationKyoto Station – 8 min by walk
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Trattoria M Kyoto

Business hoursMon – Sun : Lunch 11:30 to 14:30
Dinner: 17:30 to 22:00
TransportationKyoto Station – 8 min by walk inside the Mercure Kyoto Station
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嵐山 Arashiyama

JR Kyoto station to JR Saga Arashiyama station (Sagano Line & Sanin Main Line)
11 to 17 min to Arashiyama station, about 10 min to Arashiyama by walk
Ticket: 240 yen
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銀閣寺 Ginkakuji

Kyoto City bus station to Ginkakuji-michi ” No. 17 or No. 5 ” then 7 min by walk
Kyoto Bus station at A2: Bus No.17
Kyoto Bus station at A1: Bus No. 5
↑ One of the bus route about more than 40 min, there are 3 other routes as well.
Entrance Fee500 yen for adult
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