Aerial footage of the fall colors at Tofukuji temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward on Nov. 23. (Video footage by Taku Hosokawa)

KYOTO--With Japan's ancient capital ablaze in fall colors, thousands of visitors are flocking here to marvel at the heavenly spectacle.

At Tofukuji temple in Higashiyama Ward, famed for its stunning canyon scenery of glorious fall foliage, the crowds peaked during the three-day holiday weekend with an estimated 35,000 visitors per day.

Every walking path in the temple, whose history dates to the mid-13th century, was filled with camera-toting leaf peepers who were oohing and aahing.

They were particularly enthralled by the panoramic view from Tsutenkyo bridge, where about 2,000 maple trees paint the valley in a canvas of crimson and shiny gold.

Tofukuji temple opens at 8:30 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than regular hours, until Dec. 2, as the best time to enjoy the autumn colors lasts until the end of November.