Off the beaten path places to enjoy fall foliage, Kyoto, Japan.
This time of the year, having a chance to go out in the open and enjoy the magical colors of fall is a special treat. There are a few traditional areas that many frequent during this time of the year for its color rich natural scenery. New England comes to mind, ripe with an extended fall blanket stretching as far a the eye can see. Canada has its own prime spots for enjoying fall. Alaska also commands a fair share of such spots. Those who visit New York this time of the year, particularly enjoy the enchanting fall colors of central park. In this series, however, we will cover places that you might not have heard of, but that nonetheless are equally magical if not more.
Kyoto, Japan :
The ancient capital of Japan for over a millennium, and was the imperial residence and seat of power until the 19th century when the Japanese renaissance( Meiji) moved the capital to Tokyo. It is now the country's cultural heart and soul. The city has many palaces, shrines, temples and other landmarks which largely escaped destruction during the war.
These landmarks come to life under a completely different light during fall. Imagine the beauty of a zen garden with the colors of autumn. Kyoto fills that magical image very beautifully.