Fall comes late to Kyoto, by Canadian standards. The colours don’t change until late November or early December. The Japanese maples turn yellow, orange, burnt orange, red, and burgundy. Kyoto has hundreds of temples with beautiful gardens where the fall spectacle can be enjoyed.
It’s not a secret, however. Both domestic and foreign tourists flock to Kyoto when the fall colours reach their peak. I’ve tried to capture the temple gardens with my camera as they were meant to be: places of serenity, places for peaceful reflection. However the reality was quite different; busload after busload of tourists crowded the pathways. Getting the angles I wanted required elbowing and patience. Looking through my viewfinder helped me tune out the hubbub around me, and added to my enjoyment of the scenery.