I read in Japan-Guide.com's Kyoto Autumn Leaves report which says the autumn leaf should peak in 2 weeks' time, meaning end of November. I will be in Kyoto between Dec 3-13. How long is the 'peak' period usually? And would I be able to still see beautiful Koyo during my trip? I was in Hokkaido once at the end of Oct few years ago and we were too late since most of the places we only saw dried brown leaves...
Below is my itinerary. Is the sequence OK for the best chance to catch Koyo? I know that Koyo period may be different at different areas in Kyoto: Does Koyo happen earlier in the Northern part of Kyoto or something?
Dec 3 Fri - Nijo & Imperial Palace
Dec 4 Sat - Kiyomizu & Southern Higashiyama
Dec 5 Sun - Fushimi Inari & Tofukuji
Dec 6 Mon - Shugakuin & down to Shisen-do
Dec 7 Tue - Katsura Imperial Villa
Dec 8 Wed - Kinkakuji and Northwest area
Dec 10 Fri - Arashiyama & Hanatorou
Dec 11 Sat - Ohara & Renge-ji
Dec 12 Sun - Nanzen-ji to Ginkakuji
If the Northern part of Kyoto experiences Koyo earlier than other parts then I am worried that my Ohara trip may be too late. But I hope the sequence is OK since they are suitable to the 3 accommodation locations we are booked in to. Slightly complicated if I have to change the days around, but do-able.