Maples by the Water
Arashiyama in the North Western outskirts of Kyoto city is beautiful at any time of the year, but I think that during the Autumn colour change it is at its best. The colour change usually peaks from mid November through to early December. As of today there still is plenty of colour around. However the weather is forecast to become wintery from tomorrow onwards, so I'm not sure how much longer the leaves will stay on the trees.
The photo I posted today was taken back in November 2010, on a perfect clear sky autumn day. On that day I took a number of photos which I've posted to this BLOG, or I'm planning to post later. Even though I live only 25minutes away from Arashiyama, getting there on a perfect day for autumn colour change photography doesn't happen every year, with all my various work, church, and other commitments. So, if you happen to be in Kyoto on vacation during Autumn colour change, make the most of it.
I took this photo from at the Western End of Nakanoshima (an island in the river). There nearest train station is the Hankyu Arashiyama, although it's not so far from Keifuku (Randen) Arashiyama station either.
If you're coming to Arashiyama in the next few weeks, even if the autumn leaves have all fallen, the Camellia Sasanquas have started to bloom and usually peak at the end of December. Also in December is the big event for Arashiyama, the Arashiyama Hanatouro when there are beautiful light ups of forests, temples, shrines and streets for 10 nights (this year from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 21st).
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 50f/1.8D lens. This is the jpeg straight from the camera, no post processing has been performed on this image.