Autumn

12 Best Places to Admire the Beauty of Autumn Leaves in Japan

Ryusei

Yuasa

Writer

Japan is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, but colorful autumn leaves in fall are just as beautiful!!! Once you have enjoyed the Japanese spring, there is no way you should be missing the autumn leaves. In this article, I am going to introduce you to 12 greatest spots to enjoy the astonishing view!

Contents

1. The Maizuru Park

2. Koya Mountain

3. The Nanzen Temple

4. The Shuzen Temple

5. Mount Mitake

6. Kiyomizu Temple

7. Yoyogi Park

8. Okazaki Higashi Park

9. Renge Temple

10. The Ippeki Lake

11. The Autumn festival in Rikugien

12.  The Jingu Gaien Icho Festival

1. The Maizuru Park

The Maizuru park is a park built on the ruins of a castle named the Fukuoka castle. This park is also in the center of Fukuoka city, Fukuoka Prefecture, and many events are held in the park throughout the year. The park draws attention in spring with its cherry blossom. Besides, in fall with the autumn leaves when the trees are colored in various colors from bright yellow to dark fire red.

Details and Access

The leaves change color from mid-November to mid-December, and the closest station is Ohori Park station.
More details are here if you are interested:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3366/

2. Koya Mountain

Known as Koyasan (高野山) in Wakayama prefecture(和歌山県), Koya mountain technically indicates the area with 8 mountains. Koyasan is a religious town founded in 816 by the great Buddhist monk Kukai(空海) and is now designated as the UNESCO world heritage, making it one of the most popular sites in Japan as well. The Autumn leaves make the view magical with the combination of colorful leaves and traditional temples built throughout the area.

Details and Access

The leaves change colors around October – November.
As the area is full of curvy roads and slopes, you will have to take a cable car running from Namba station. Besides, Many tour buses will easily take you to Namba station, no matter where you are.
For more info, check here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3310/

3. The Nanzen Temple

The Nanzen temple (南禅寺) was built in 1249 in Kyoto and is one of the highly ranked temples of Zen Buddhism. The temple is known for traditional architecture and many people come to visit. So, this is a great reason to go there. But what really makes this place special is the combination of Japanese traditional architecture with autumn leaves of deep red color. The whole area has beautiful natural terrain, so I am sure you will have a relaxing moment here, away from a busy city!

Details and access

The peak of the season for the autumn leaves is around October – November, and the closest station is Keage station (蹴上駅), which is about 10 minutes by foot to the place.
More information is given here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3127/

4. The Shuzen Temple

Also known as mini Kyoto of Izu, Shuzen temple is a temple built in Shizuoka prefecture and famous for its hot springs. Recognized as one of the hundred best hot springs in Japan, many people visit here to have a relaxing time away from reality and everyday stress. But what makes this place even more attractive are the tree leaves in fall, when everything is painted in vivid red, yellow, orange. It`s really beautiful, so come to visit at least once during your stay to have a wondrous time!

Details and Access

The closest station is Shuzenji station, but you have to take a bus from there and head to the Shuzenji Onsen station.
The leaf season is around November – December.
More details are here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3119/

5. Mount Mitake

Mount Mitake is located in the mountain area around western Tokyo and is known to many hikers as one of the most beautiful nature spots you can enjoy in Tokyo area. With its fascinating nature, the mountain shows us many expressions throughout each season, but the colored autumn leaves in fall are especially beautiful. If you don’t have enough time to leave Tokyo during your stay, I definitely recommend Mount Mitake as one of your day trip destinations for great views.

Details and Access

The closest station is Mitake station, and from there a bus will take you to Takimoto cable car station. The leaf season peak is around November, so don’t miss the great view!!
More info is here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3093/

6. Kiyomizu Temple

Being one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, Kiyomizu temple is a must-go place if you ever visit Japan. The temple was built in the 8th century and it is famous for its traditional architecture and a great view. Many people come to visit here throughout the whole year, but I personally recommend to come at fall. There are about 1000 maple trees surrounding the temple, so I am sure you will enjoy an astonishing view of the architecture designated as the world cultural heritage.

Details and Access

Buses and Taxis can be taken from Kyoto station, and a visit to the temple is available from 6 am to 5:30 pm.
More info can is here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2533/

7. Yoyogi Park

One of the most famous parks in Tokyo would be Yoyogi park. This park is near Harajuku – the city of fashion and gets really crowded in spring during cherry blossoms season. But fall is just as beautiful, as over 1300 trees change their leaves into various red, yellow and orange colors. In the park, many performers gather to entertain visitors daily, so I am sure you will have a nice, relaxing time, away from the Tokyo noise.

Details and Access

The closest station is Harajuku station, 3 minutes by foot should take you to your destination. The autumn leafs season is around September – November.
For more info, check here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1876/

8. Okazaki Higashi Park

Known as the birthplace of Edo Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, Okazaki city is a great place located in Aichi prefecture. In this traditional city, there is a park called Okazaki Higashi Park. Being one of the biggest spots to see autumn leaves in Okazaki city, the park has over 1500 trees and they all turn into beautiful colors when the season arrives. The best thing about this park is that it gets lit up in the night, and this makes the view much more romantic.

Details and Access

The best time to visit would be around the beginning of November!
The best way to get there is by car, but you can also take the bus departing from Higashi Okazaki station, and get off at Higashi Kouenguchi.
More info is here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/4037/

9. Renge Temple

Built in 1662, the Renge temple (蓮華寺) stands quietly in a rural area, away from the noise and the business of Kyoto. This temple with traditional architecture has an incredibly beautiful Japanese style garden, so I definitely recommend you to see it. Its quiet location, the combination of beautiful maple leaves and the traditional temple will give you ultimate relaxation.

Details and Access

You can take a bus from Kyoto station, then you have to get off at Kanbashi station. The best time to visit would be late November!
More info is here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2942/

10. The Ippeki Lake

The Ippeki lake is a volcano crater lake in Shizuoka prefecture, also known as the beautiful eye of Izu. You can walk around the lake in about an hour, enjoying the beautiful nature this lake provides. Autumn here is especially beautiful. Even a famous Japanese poet – Akiko Yosano is said to have been in love with this lake. Not many tourists come here comparing with to the other major sites, so I am sure you will have a relaxing time.

Details and Access

The easiest way to access the site is by car, but buses also run from Ito station, and you have to get off at the Ippeki lake station.
The leaf season is around November – December.
For more info, check below:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3063/

11. The Autumn Festival in Rikugien

Rikugien is a traditional Japanese garden which was founded in 1965, offering a great traditional atmosphere in Tokyo. The autumn leaves are beautiful in fall, and the park holds events as free English tours, also, an opportunity to enjoy real Japanese green tea as well. This would be the best place to go if you want a break from the crowded areas of Tokyo for sure.

Details and Access

There are no parking spots near the area, so make sure to use public transportation.
The closest station would be the Komagome station.
Mid-November is the best time to come, and the park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, but during the festival, it is open until 9 pm.
More info is here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1979/

12. The Jingu Gaien Icho Festival

Here is another festival in Tokyo with autumn leaves, but at this one, you can also feel an essence of our Japanese “matsuri”. This is an annual event held at the gardens of Meiji Jingu Gaien Park around Shinjuku. Here you can enjoy the autumn leaves and typical matsuri booths at the same time! It`s really easy to access, so come over to enjoy good food with a great view on a sunny day!!

Details and access

The closest station is Gaienmae station. This festival is held every year at the end of November till the begging of December. I would recommend using public transport, as it gets crowded easily.
More details are here:
https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/836/

Closing Remarks

Autumn in Japan is magical indeed.

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Ryusei Yuasa

Hi I’m Ryusei. I’m a university student, and love to play sports, listening to music, and communicating with people.

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