While Kyoto lacks the consistent good weather and mild temperatures of late autumn in Tokyo, autumn in the setting of Japan’s old capital is infused with the special Kyoto magic. If you can look past or avoid the crowds it attracts, autumn in Kyoto is a wonderful experience. Maybe it is the chilly temperature that makes the autumn foliage burst in ever more brilliant colors, or the setting of the old temples and gardens that sets it off so impressively. One thing is for sure, the autumn leaves in Kyoto can truly take your breath away. The above three picture were taken at Tofukuji (東福寺), which unfortunately attracts a never-ending stream of visitors. The good news is that away from its main attractions, there are plenty of magical spots to be discovered which are not on the route of the guided tours.Another spot not to be missed is Eikando（永観堂）which has been famous for its autumn leaves for centuries. The red umbrella of the tea house, a lantern or a wooden lattice window wonderfully set the stage for the colored autumn leaves. While we had once the good fortune of visiting Kyoto during the cherry bloom, it was the first time for us seeing the autumn leaves at their height in Kyoto. I only wish I had been able to see more of it! While I never tire of praising the Japanese maple, also the Enkianthus shrubs (or doudantsutsuji in Japanese) are worth noting for their brilliant fall foliage. They are especially impressive at Ginkakuji（銀閣寺), but are present in many other gardens as well. Not to be missed are also the night light-ups many temples organize during the season of the autumn leaves (as well as during the cherry bloom in spring) which produce a completely different impression and mood from daylight. Our stay in Kyoto was as usual much too short and we were able to see only few of the famous momiji viewing spots. However I feel very fortunate that I was finally able to experience autumn in Kyoto!