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Brilliant Colors! 6 Gorgeous Fall Foliage Spots In Tottori

Brilliant Colors! 6 Gorgeous Fall Foliage Spots In Tottori

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Tottori is a nature-rich prefecture boasting vast mountain areas and lush forests. If you visit western Japan in the fall months, do not miss out on Tottori's wonderful fall colors! We introduce six wonderful fall foliage spots located in Tottori.

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Tottori - A Wonderful Destination for a Fall Trip

色彩豊かな自然を満喫!鳥取のオススメの紅葉スポット6選

Picture on the upper right courtesy of Tottori Prefecture

Tottori Prefecture covers a vast area with many mountains, forests, and parks, so naturally, it is especially beautiful in the fall. The best timing to enjoy the fall colors slightly differs every year but usually, the leaves change colors between mid-November and early December in Tottori.

In this article, we introduce six splendid fall foliage places in Tottori that should be on your list if you visit western Japan during the fall months.

1. Mt. Daisen - The Most Beautiful Fall Colors in Western Japan

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Picture courtesy of Tottori Prefecture

Mt. Daisen is one of the best places to enjoy the autumn leaves in western Japan. Because of the high altitudes, the forests in the area change color as early as October.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Picture courtesy of Tottori Prefecture

The forests of Mt. Daisen consist mainly of beech trees, which account for the yellow colors in autumn. Maple trees add a touch of red to the landscape making it picture perfect.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Picture courtesy of Tottori Prefecture

One way of enjoying your fall trip to Mt. Daisen is hiking up the mountain and taking in the beauty of the surroundings. Visit the halls of Daisenji Temple or Ogamiyama Shrine on your way. Both of these sites are National Important Cultural Properties.

Lining the street that leads to Ogamiyama Shrine are hot spring inns, where you can enjoy viewing the fall foliage from their outdoor bathing facilities.

Visiting Mt. Daisen in the fall months will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From late October to early November

2. Suwa Shrine - Tottori's Hidden Treasure

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Suwa Shrine, located in the Chizu district of southwestern Tottori, is a famous fall foliage spot among the locals of Tottori. It is hidden, peaceful shrine surrounded by nature.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Built in 1278 as a branch of the Suwa Shrine in Nagano Prefecture, the main hall was once lost to fire but was rebuilt in 1832.

The shrine crest consists of a maple leaf. Inspired by this, the locals planted maple trees all around the shrine, which has now become a beloved fall foliage spot.

The main building itself is majestic and enshrouded in tranquility. Hikers often stop here to pay their respects on their way through the forest.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

The stone and wood structures of the shrine, the torii gate, the purification fountain, as well as the wooden staircase leading up to the shrine all blend in with the surrounding mountain scenery. This is a perfect place to contemplate nature in tranquility.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From early November to around the middle of the month

3. Mitaki Gorge - Delicate Fall Colors and Waterfalls

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Picture courtesy of Tottori Prefecture

The 80 m high Senjodaki Waterfall, located in the Mitaki Gorge on the outskirts of Tottori City, is one of Tottori's most popular sightseeing destinations. There are actually around forty waterfalls of varying sizes along this picturesque valley.

The forest surrounding the waterfall is dense and emerald green in summer. In autumn, reds, oranges, and golds will be reflecting in the raging water.

A Japanese style red suspension bridge leads you past the waterfall and above the Mitaki Gorge. The entire forest around this bridge is a scenic spot so how about taking a few hours to explore it?

The leaves in the area change colors rather early, around mid-October. Make sure to check the forecast so you don't miss out on this breathtaking view.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From around mid-October to late November

4. Shikano Castle Park - Stunning Views in the Fall

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Shikano Castle was built on the top of a small mountain. Although only the ruins of the fortification and the stairs leading up to the castle still remain, the mountain pathway is a popular sightseeing destination for its rich nature and for the great view over the city.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

This hiking trail is especially popular in spring for its many cherry blossoms but it is just as beautiful in autumn when the foliage of its 600 maple trees turns red.

The Shikano district is famous for its Shikano Festival. This festival, which has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Tottori Prefecture in 1957, is held every two years.

Halfway up the hill, past the remains of the Shikano Castle Tower, there is Shiroyama Shrine. Shikano Festival is the main celebration held at this shrine. During the festivities, the spirit of the deity enshrined at Shiroyama Shrine moves into the mikoshi (portable shrine) and is being ceremoniously carried all the way into the town and back to the shrine.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Once you reach the top you'll have a stunning view over Shikano and beyond. It is easy to understand why some local people would walk this path once a day just to enjoy the view.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From mid-November to the beginning of December

5. Kozenji Temple - The Beauty of a 400-year-old Japanese Garden

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Konzenji Temple's main building impresses with its simple beauty. If you visit in autumn you might be surprised to see small trees with delicate flowers resembling cherry blossoms. In fact, they are a special type of cherry blossom tree called Shikizakura ("year-round blossoming cherry tree") that usually blooms in spring and in autumn. It is a very rare type of cherry tree so seeing it here is truly special.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

The true treasure of the temple is revealed after you enter the main building. The tea room opens up to a 400-year-old Japanese garden with twenty-five different kinds of Japanese maple trees.

An old, winding plum tree adds to the atmosphere and shows the true age of the garden. During the fall season, the garden is illuminated at night so visitors can enjoy its beauty twofold.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Visitors are not allowed to enter the garden but you can sit down on the porch to view the scenery. Guests are offered delicious tea made from herbs harvested in the garden alongside local sweets.

The whole temple has a warm and homely feel to it and it is easy to spend hours talking with the warmhearted hosts, sipping tea and admiring the beauty of this 400-year old Japanese garden.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From late November to the beginning of December (The fall light-up is held between November 20 and December 10)

6. Utsubuki Park - Sheer Beauty through the Four Seasons

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Utsubuki Park is known as a place of scenic beauty in every season. In spring it sees over 2000 cherry trees blooming while in autumn it is filled with colorful fall leaves. It is also famous for its azaleas, which bloom in early summer, and camellias, Japan's beautiful winter flowers.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Right at the entrance, you'll see a small Japanese garden with maple and cherry trees. This garden is one of the most popular photo spots in Utsubuki Park. Step on the beautiful red bridge that lies over the pond, and you can see koi carps of every color playing in the pond, following you and asking for food.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

Once you step into the park, you'll notice that it spreads over a very wide area. You can walk for hours among fall colors without seeing the same spot twice.

Top 6 Autumn Spots In Tottori - Colorful Nature Off The Beaten Path

The main area is easily accessible and even has a playground for children. It is perfect for families, couples or to enjoy alone, no matter the time of the year.

Fall Colors Viewing Time

From early November to the middle of the month

Tottori - The Perfect Place to Enjoy the Beauty of the Fall

Tottori is a must-visit if you want to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall foliage spots in Japan. Since it spreads over a large area it is less likely for these spots to get crowded which means you can enjoy your experience without any disturbance.

With plenty of Japanese gardens, parks, forests, and mountains, Tottori won't disappoint when it comes to fall foliage spots. Feel free to pick your favorite spot and fully enjoy the fall colors in Tottori.

Please visit the official website of Tottori to find many other wonderful places to visit: http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/

Remember to check out our Tottori Special Feature too!

Written by Chiara Mischke
Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture

Autumn leaves start changing from the north, beginning in the middle of September in Hokkaido. From mid-October to mid-December you can enjoy the scenery throughout the country. In this special feature, we introduce details on the fall foliage for each area in Japan, from famous spots to areas that are lesser known. With MATCHA’s articles as your guide, please enjoy Japan's gorgeous fall foliage!

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