Autumn

10 Best Spots with Autumn Leaves in Fukuoka to Enjoy the Colorful View

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How can you enjoy traveling to Japan in the autumn season? Some people might say that you should eat fresh fish in the fall such as saury, mackerel, and sardines when other people might say that you should go to a theme park to enjoy seasonal events. However, in Japan, under comfortable weather in the autumn season, I strongly suggest you enjoy seeing graceful, colorful leaves! Viewing autumn leaves is called “koyo (紅葉)” in Japanese. Admiring autumn leaves is one of the greatest Japanese traditions! In this article, I introduce you some beautiful autumn leaves spots in Fukuoka prefecture! You will create unforgettable memories at those places!

Contents

1. Maizuru Park
2. Yusentei Park
3. Aburayama Shimin no Mori
4. Eishoji Temple
5. Fujie’s Gyoraku Park
6. Hyugamikyo Gorge
7. Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
8. Homangu Kamado Shrine
9. Hikosan
10. Hakata Light Up Walk

1. Maizuru Park

Maizuru park (舞鶴公園) is one of the famous Koyo spots in Fukuoka prefecture. Some people call the park Maizuru castle because the park is located in the site of Maizuru castle which is now destroyed. Maizuru park has a convenient access to the center of Fukuoka city. Various events are held in Mizuru park in different seasons and attract many visitors. Especially, the time when autumn arrives in the park is so graceful because of the Trident Maples, Japanese Maples, and Ginkgo trees color the park in autumn colors! Since Fukuoka is located in the southern part of Japan, leaves change from the end of October to the beginning of December. During koyo term, you can encounter a Japanese wedding ceremony in the park because autumn is a perfect time to take wedding photos with graceful autumn leaves.

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access: walk for 15 minutes from Tenjin
Address: 1 Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
More info: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/koyo-maizuru-park-fukuoka-colorful-leaves-popular-activity

2. Yusentei Park

Yusentei Park (友泉亭公園) was established in the middle of the 17th century, and it became public at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the park has been regarded as a precious and beautiful historical place. There are two main ways to enjoy koyo in Yusentei. First, you can just walk around the garden and see the reflection of graceful autumn leaves on the lake. Second, you can go to the Ohirome Hall, where you will see a traditional Japanese garden from inside. During the autumn season, you can enjoy matcha (green tea) and wagashi (Japanese sweets) for 300 Yen at Yusentei traditional Japanese garden.

Details

Dates: end of November to the beginning of December
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Monday is closed. If Monday is a public holiday, the park is opened, and the next day is closed.
Access: walk for 5 minutes from Yusentei bus stop
Address: 1-46, Yusentei, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka city 814-0122
Fee: 200 Yen for an adult, 100 Yen for a child
More info: https://garden-guide.jp/spot.php?i=yusentei (Japanese only)
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/koyo-yusentei-fukuoka-absolute-beauty-historical-park

3. Aburayama Shimin no Mori

Aburayama Shimin no Mori (油山市民の森) is an absolutely gorgeous park to enjoy viewing autumn leaves in Fukuoka city. The park is located in the eastern part of Mt. Aburayama. The most surprising aspect is that the park is large, featuring over 90 hectares of land. In such a large space there are playgrounds, hiking trails, and an athletic field. During the koyo season in November, I recommend you go to the hiking trail to enjoy seeing beautiful autumn leaves. The course is 3.4 km long, and it might take around an hour to complete it. You can take really nice photos with autumn foliage.

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
① I recommend you to go there by car! The parking costs 300 Yen per day.
② If you use public transportation,
Take a bus departing to Katae or Hirabu Eigyosho from 113 or 13 bus stop at Tenjin or Hakata
↓ (50 minutes)

Get off the bus at Aburayama Danchi Guchi. It is the nearest bus stop from the park.
↓ (walk for 1 hour)

Arrive at the park

*It is better if you take a taxi from the nearest bus stop. It takes about 10 minutes and costs 1,500 Yen.

③ If you take a temporary buses service from Fukudai- mae subway station (March to November), the bus will take you to the park entrance directly, but a number of buses are limited, so I suggest you check the bus timetable at Nishitetsu bus website before you go there.
Address: Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, 南区桧原(大字)855−4
More info:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/momoji-festival-aburayama-shimin-no-mori

4. Eishoji Temple

If you would like to enjoy both Japanese historical temple and the autumn foliage, Eishoji (永勝寺) is the best place to go. Eishoji was first built in the 7th century. Because of the graceful maple trees lining up the main road, some people call the temple “Momiji Dera (Maple temple)”. There is the huge Akame Yanagi (Salix chaenomeloides Kimura), which is over 200 years old in Eishoji. The collaboration of the beautiful red leaves and Eishoji is amazing.

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
From JR Nishitetsu Kurumai Station you should take a bus and get off the bus at Yanagizaka station, then walk for about 10 minutes
Address:
2155 Toyoda Yamamoto- cho Kurumai city, Fukuoka prefecture

More info: http://eishouji-kurume.com/
(Japanese only)

5. Fujie’s Gyorakuen Park

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Fujie’s Gyorakuien Park (藤江氏魚楽園) is a well- honored park because the gardens inside were created by a famous Japanese priest and artist – Sesshu (雪舟) in the middle of the Muromachi period. Sesshu established Fujie’s Gyorakuen to pray for peace when the civil wars were happening. Because of its history, the garden was chosen as one of the nationally designated scenic spots. In autumn, a modest atmosphere of the garden with graceful red autumn leaves will fascinate you, and your heart will become a bit warmer!

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
From Hakata station, take Nishitetsu bus Soeda Line, and get off the bus at Kawasaki Yakuba Guchi station

Take Kijyo, Arahira course community bus
Address: 6388 Amaki Tgawagun Kawasaki-machi, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:30
Parking: Free
Fees: Adult – 300 Yen
High school student or below – 100 Yen
Closed: Mon・3rd Fri
More info: http://gyorakuen.jp/index_en.html

6. Hyugamikyo Gorge

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Hyugamikyo Gorge (日向神峡) s on the lake side of the Hyuga Kami Dam. The view around Hyugamikyo Gorge is like traditional townscape in Kyoto, so some people call it Sho Kyoto (small Kyoto). Autumn leaves color the shores of the lake in beautiful red! There are some great photo spots such as Kehogiiwa and a large stone with a shape of a heart in Hyugamikyo Gorge. The autumnal leaves are beautiful even around the “Sora no Sori Stream Park” located about 10 km deep, and you can enjoy Shakyure dake, autumn leaves of Omae-dake and mountain climbing.

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
From JR Kagoshima Hainuduka station, take the Horikawa bus bound for Yabemura
↓ 1.5 hours
Get off the bus at Hyugamokyo dam entrance
More info: http://www.city.yame.fukuoka.jp/ (Japanese only)

7. Nomiyama Kannonji Temple

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Nomiyama Kannonji Temple (呑山観音寺) is one of the temples for enjoying autumn leaves. At the end of October, the autumn leaves color Nomiyama Kannonji temple’s precincts in red. The recommended site in the temple is the approach to the Tennoin (天王院), which is called “the approach of koyo”. You will be impressed by the sacred mood that is created by the red graceful leaves surrounding this temple.

Details

Dates: Middle of October to Middle of December
Access:
From JR Hakata station, you can take the Hukukita Yutaka express Line, and get off the train at Sasaguri station. Then, take a taxi to go to Nomiyama Kannonji.

Address: 227-4 Haginou Sasaguri- machi Kasuya- gun, Fukuoka prefecture

More info: http://www.nomiyamakannonji.com/english/about.html

8. Homangu Kamado Shrine

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Homangu Kamado Shrine (宝満宮竈神社) is a famous shrine for the god of marriage. There is a rumor that people can get a lover when after they visit the shrine and pray. That is why Homangu Kamado Shrine is popular among girls. The shrine was renovated in 2012, and the design of the shrine is a mix of traditional and modern architectural styles. On 24th and 25th November 2018, the autumn leaves festival is held. During this term, you can buy seasonal Japanese sweets, coffee, wine, pizza, and much more around the beautiful autumn leaves in the precincts of the shrine! You can also enjoy talking with local people who hold a flea market on those days!

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
From Nishitetsu Dazaifu station, you can take the community bus called “Mahoroba” (the community bus is coming two times in an hour)
In just 10 minutes you will arrive at Homan Kamado Shrine.

Address: 883 Uchiyama Dazaifu city Hukuoka

More info: http://kamadojinja.or.jp/ (Japanese only)

9. Hikosan

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If you want to see a spectacular nature view with autumn leaves, Hikosan (英彦山) or Mt. Hiko is the best place to go! Hikosan is located between Oita prefecture and Fukuoka prefecture. The mountain height is 1199 meters, which is a small mountain, but there are some recommended spots to see. The most famous site there is “Ryumon kyo” (龍門峡), which is a valley. The view featuring a large stone and a lot of trees is extremely beautiful, and in the autumn season, red and yellow leaves make the view more graceful and colorful!

Details

Dates: Middle of November to Middle of December
Access:
From Soeda station, you should take a bus bound for Hikosan, and get off the bus at “Do no Tori” station.

More info:
http://hikosanjingu.or.jp/access/ (Japanese only)

10. Hakata Light Up Walk

If you are in Fukuoka city in November, you can enjoy Momiji right in Hakata – the major area of the city. Many sightseeing spots and temples are beautifully lit up at night to enjoy the evening view with colorful trees. The most popular spots include Jyotennji (承天寺), the night market, Tochyoji (東長寺), Kushidajinjya (櫛田神社), and many more. Please enjoy the autumn scenery right in the center of Fukuoka city!

Details

Dates: in November but varies annually
Time: 17:30 – 21:00 (last entry until 20:45)
Access: 10min walk from Hakata station
Fee: pre-booked 1000 Yen, on the day 1500 Yen (some areas you can enjoy for free)
More info: https: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/hakata-light-walk-main-draw-attraction-illumination

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Closing Remarks

In Fukuoka prefecture, there are a lot of sites to enjoy koyo! In some places, you can enjoy not only beautiful autumn leaves but also Japanese traditional building. Also, while you admire koyo, you will get an opportunity to communicate with local people. You will feel the slow flow of time with your friends, lovers, or people who meet there when you see graceful autumn leaves! This will definitely become a happy time!

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