Takao is a thinly populated, mountainous area with three historic temples along its forested valley, a one-hour bus ride north of central Kyoto, and a perfect day trip outside the city. Worth a visit at any time of the year, Takao becomes most popular during the autumn leaf season, which usually peaks around mid-November.

Jingo-ji Temple is the most visited among Takao’s temples. The temple grounds were crowded with visitors, but they are so large, it’s not really a problem. During the Fall season, the whole area is spectacular.