One of my favourite local places to bring visitors during Autumn with young children is Kitain Temple in Kawagoe (Saitama). There are some truly beautiful scenes to be captured around the temple and in the period house on the grounds. Unfortunately, my photos were only taken with a camera phone, but they will give you a taste of what is on offer.


There is a small playground on the temple grounds and lots of places for the children to explore. There is also rest areas, a toilet, vending machines, a little restaurant and a small shop. To the best of my knowledge none of the toilets have nappy changing facilities, but nobody has ever taken exception to me changing babies on a bench or in their buggy! Visitors from home always enjoy a trip to Kitain, particularly when the leaves have changed colour in the first or second week of November.

Kitain Temple is less than an hour from Tokyo. It is a 20 minute walk from Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or 15 minutes from the Seibu Shinjuku Line HonKawagoe Station. You can also get a local bus from either of these stations. By car it is 20 minutes from either the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway or from the Kawajima Interchange of the Metropolitan Intercity (Ken-O) Expressway. Parking is available at 500 yen for the day. Car park closes at 16.00.


Address : 1-20-1 Kosemba-machi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. 350-0036
Hours : 9:00 – 16:00

There are some spectacular Autumn Leave photos on their website;


More on Kitain on this blog:

2015 Autumn Leaves at Edo Castle remains| Kitain Temple

Cherry blossom festival at Kitain Temple





    1. Author

      Thank you! Hopefully I can go back with a better camera and get even nicer ones. 🙂

      1. Hi beautiful pics! Was ur visit in the month of November?

        1. Hi Joy, thank you for commenting. Yes we’ve been a couple of Novembers, and usually mid November is good. Last year, these photos were taken November 21st.

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Elle. Since I just posted some autumn photos of my town it’s fun to see these beautiful images of Japan.This is such a wonderful post. Now added to my list of things that would be great to do: visit Japan in autumn!

    1. Author

      Its a wonderful time of year to visit. This is actually the first November in years that I haven’t had visitors! Nice warm days, healthy crisp evenings and beautiful autumn leaves. I really enjoyed your photos too and I was glad to come across your blog.

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

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