When the red maple leaves sprinkle the steps up to the pagoda, the scene is magical. Murouji Temple is a must-see in autumn and if you're lucky, you might see a priest playing the shakuhachi bamboo flute in the grounds. | History & Culture | Murouji Temple
Autumn in Nara: Where to See the Season's Best Colours
Watching the changing autumn colours, or koyo, is an almost spiritual experience, running from mid-November through December. Red maple and yellow gingko leaves paint the parks and mountains with vivid beauty.
The slopes leading up to Hasedera Temple are lined with colourful leaves, contrasting with the stone lanterns. The view from the main hall, which projects out over the valley, is a photographer's dream. | History & Culture | Hase
What could be better than cute brown deer roaming through the yellow gingko leaves? The red maples near Todaiji Temple also show off the deer to their best advantage. | Nature & The Outdoors | Nara Park
This shrine was made for autumn colours. The red maple leaves enhance the red woodwork of the pagoda and the main hall. Take time to stroll the veranda around the main temple, hung with gilded bronze lanterns; you'll get a great autumn shot. | History & Culture | Sakurai
On autumn nights, Kinpusenji Temple is illuminated, showing off both the beautiful leaves and the magnificent carvings on the main hall. It's also a rare chance to see the fierce blue Zao Gongen statues. | History & Culture | Yoshino
Even in summer, the atmosphere is a little autumnal, with cool shady forest paths for strolling. The bright leaves contrast perfectly with the dark, dignified wooden hall. | History & Culture | Nishinokyo