4 Blue Momiji Spots in Kyoto – Fresh Green Season


Written by aki

Rurikouin Temple

In Japan, Momiji means autumn leaves.


Momiji means maples leaf.Beautiful bright red leaves. During the fall season, many foreigners visit Japan to see this crimson scene.

However, Momiji before it turns deep red is also beautiful.In Japan, it is called “Aomomiji (Blue momiji)”.
*The color is green in terms of appearance, but in Japan, fresh greenery that is not perfectly green is described as blue.


The refreshing scenery is very popular as a way to feel the arrival of summer.

In this article, I will show you 4 spots where you can see the famous Blue Momiji in Kyoto, Japan.


1.Sanzen-in Temple

First of all, I would like to introduce Sanzen-in Temple, which I have visited once and found to be a very beautiful place.

Sanzen-in Temple

The Blue momiji growing overhead and the moss covering the garden create a nice contrast.

Sanzen-in Temple

The garden here is really beautiful. You will meet a lovely Jizo.It is very soothing.



2.Rurikouin Temple

The temple is located at the foot of a mountain called Mount Hiei.

Rurikouin Temple

The famous sight of Blue momiji reflected on the desk.This desk is said to be a desk for sutra chanting.
This desk is said to be used for shakyo (transcribing sutras).
Rurikouin Temple

At Ruriko-ji Temple, you can experience this Shakyo experience and drink matcha while gazing at the garden in all its greenery.

I have never been there. I will definitely try to visit next time I am in Kyoto.



3.Kifune Shrine

Kifune Shrine is a well-known tourist attraction in Kyoto.

Kifune Shrine

The shrine is dedicated to the god of water, and approximately 3,000 Blue momiji trees are planted around the shrine.

Kifune Shrine

The contrast between the red lanterns along the road and the greenery of Blue momiji makes for an exceptionally beautiful sight.



4.Nisonin Temple

The temple is famous for its autumn foliage.
From the entrance gate of the temple, there is a straight path leading to the temple, where many momiji are planted.

Nisoin Temple

At the end of the approach is another gate, and one of the highlights is to view the momiji using the gate as a picture frame.



Blue momiji before turning red is very refreshing.

If you have “been to Japan before to see the autumn foliage,” why not visit Blue momiji?



Hello! I live in a place called Shiga, Japan. I'm not very good at English, but I'm writing this blog in the hope that I can convey some of Japan's beautiful places and delicious food to people overseas.