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The famous main hall of Kiyomizu-dera drowned in beautiful Autumn foliage. Althought the sky wasn't perfect, the view was simply breathtaking.

The famous main hall of Kiyomizu-dera drowned in beautiful Autumn foliage. Althought the sky wasn’t perfect, the view was simply breathtaking.

Kyoto was not the first city that I’ve visited during my stay in Japan, but it was by far the most colorful place I’ve ever seen. Autumn foliage surrounding ancient temples and palaces looked as spectacular as I thought it would. Having only two full days there, it was basically impossible to see everything what’s there to see, but it was enough to understand why Kyoto is usually regarded to be the most beautiful city in Japan.

Beautiful young woman wearing traditional clothing. Japanese wearing kimonos are more common than one would think, especially in Kyoto.

Beautiful young woman wearing traditional clothing. Japanese wearing kimonos are more common than one would think, especially in Kyoto.

Polarizing filter helped me to intensify the colors of leaves and made the clouds stand out more. I was forced to use negative saturation in Lightroom on that one.

Polarizing filter helped me to intensify the colors of leaves and made the clouds stand out more. I was forced to use negative saturation in Lightroom on that one.

Vermilion torii gates at the Fushimi Inari-taisha are another must-see in Kyoto. The shrine is usually crowded with visitors, so it might be a good idea to get there early in the morning.

Vermilion torii gates at the Fushimi Inari-taisha are another must-see in Kyoto. The shrine is usually crowded with visitors, so it might be a good idea to get there early in the morning.

Newlyweds during photoshoot near one of many shrines in Kyoto. They were quite happy with me snapping some photos of them, their photographer was not.

Newlyweds during photoshoot near one of many shrines in Kyoto. They were quite happy with me snapping some photos of them, their photographer was not.

Fushimi Inari-taisha and Kiyomizu-dera are by far the most stunning tourist attractions in Kyoto, but there are so many other places worth visiting it’s literally impossible to list them all. With the population of one and a half million, the city itself is surprisingly sleepy and time seems to pass just a little bit slower there than in the other parts of Japan that I’ve visited. If you’re not that into sleepy mood, then I’ve heard Kyoto gets much more interesting during Gion Matsuri, an annual festival that takes place over the entire month of July.