Be aware of the autumn season crowds in Kyoto. November is a peak tourist season because of the “momiji” (maple leaves). The locations famous for autumn colors can get insanely crowded, especially on weekends. This is a photo of crowds at Tofukuji Temple on a Monday morning.
Transportation systems can also be very crowded. Be careful getting on city buses going to popular destinations. Not only can they be jam packed full, they also can get stuck in traffic. This does not mean that you shouldn’t see the autumn colors, but you need to do some planning. Going early is always a good idea.
If you hire me as a guide, I can take to great locations. I know where to go, how to get there and can tell you about history, culture and funny stories from 23 years of living in Kyoto. I can also take great photos of you. Believe it or not, I know more than you can learn from Google. (Photo by Paul Crouse / KyotoPhotoTours.com)