I am considering a Sukiya trip to the gardens in Japan and would like to know from other who have taken the walking tour of Kyoto the best season to see the gardens. I love the color of maples in autumn so seeing gardens in the fall sounds great. Please include your reasons for your selection. I am leaning toward t he fall trip because I have been to Kyoto during Sakura but would like to read some reader comments on this.
When I visited Kyoto, it was early October. Maples on Mt. Hiei had just started to turn color. Ginko trees along city streets were bearing fruit. In the two-week visit, only one day's outing was affected by rain. The group with which I traveled was organized by a Buddhist temple in Hawaii.
I haven't taken the walking tour, but the peak of sakura is usually in April, maybe toward the middle (around the 15th to the 20th or so, depending on the year).
The peak of momiji is from the middle to the end of November, but late October is usually a good time of year to visit.
Since you ask for comment, for my money I would visit during rainy season, even though the fish is better in the fall.
Annie and I are going this May. The biggest reason for us is that our boys play sports so it is pretty much the off season. When will we ever stop organizing our lives around others events. lol I would bet that either tour would be nice. I am a huge fan of fall, in fact here in central Canada it can be one of the most pleasant times of the year.