Japan starts turning crimson and gold, as the summer heat fades and crisp air flows in. The landscape of picturesque, brilliant autumn leaves, known as koyo, is just as beautiful as the sight of cherry blossoms in the spring, and symbolizes Japan’s seasons.
Autumn leaves start changing from the north, beginning in the middle of September in Tohoku. 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!
|Hokkaido||Daisetsuzan Asahidake||Mid-September～Early October|
|Shiretoko Goko Lakes||Mid-October|
|Naruko Valley||Late October～Early November|
|Kanto (Tokyo)||Mount Takao||Mid-November～Early December|
|Ueno Park||Late November|
|Shirakawago||Late October～Early November|
|Mt. Fuji Skyline||Mid-October|
|Osaka Castle Park||Mid-November～Early December|
|Okutsu Valley||Early November|
|Shikoku||Kankakei Gorge||Early November|
|Akizuki Castle Ruins||Late November～Early December|
If you plan to visit Hokkaido in fall, don't miss the stunning autumn leaves. Read on to learn about the ten destinations to enjoy the view, along with Japanese hot springs and outdoor activities.
In the Tohoku Region (northern Japan), autumn leaves and hot springs can be enjoyed together at a few select destinations. We introduce here the best places to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and the relaxing hot springs of Tohoku!
The fall colors turn earlier in the Tohoku region than in Tokyo or Osaka, which make them great places to visit at the start of fall. Here are 7 of the best little known fall foliage spots in the Tohoku - many that even Japanese people don't know.
Here are 10 areas with scenic autumn nature you’ll want to visit in Tokyo! We introduce the best time to visit and areas for fall foliage that begins from the middle of October.
Kamakura is a popular sightseeing spot throughout the year, but it is especially charming in the autumn when the leaves of the trees turn red. Check out some of the best spots to visit in Kamakura during autumn!
Kinpezan Suisenji temple in Kamakura is famous for the only preserved traditional garden built in the Kamakura Period, as well as beautiful floral and foliage scenery during each season of the year. Read more about this magical temple down below.
Nagatoro in Saitama is a great spot to view the autumn leaves. A train ride to Nagatoro takes only two hours from Shinjuku. We introduce a one-day plan to enjoy the amazing sights and great local dishes of Nagatoro.
If you visit Japan in autumn, you shouldn't miss viewing the colors of the fall. Let's go out from the center of Tokyo and discover the beautiful fall foliage in nature. This article features 5 fall foliage destinations in Eastern Japan.
Annually, October to November is the best time to see the autumn leaves in Nikko. We will introduce a one-day route to see autumn leaves spots around the city. We recommend seeing the sights of Nikko by train or bus on this course.
The best time to see the autumn foliage in Hakone is from the end of October to late November. This time, we would like to suggest a sample day trip plan to great spots in Hakone during the autumn.
This article introduces five spots where you can enjoy beautiful autumn foliage in Hakone, a popular day-trip destination located just under two hours away from Tokyo, in Kanagawa. Hakone is the ideal place for a peaceful and beautiful fall day trip.
Hakone is a popular tourist spot famous for its historic hot spring districts. This article will introduce you to two places worth seeing in the fall.
We list the top eleven best places to see autumn in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and an area renowned for its stunning fall colors. This article lists our recommendations for enjoying the season, from little-known areas to famous locations.
When it comes to fall foliage spots, Osaka boasts just as many wonderful places as Kyoto. When visiting Kansai, how about enjoying the beautiful landscape in the Osaka Castle Park, Minoo Park, Midosuji and seven other great areas in Osaka?
Hiroshima prefecture is a popular tourist area known for Itsukushima Shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome. In autumn, early October until early November is the best time for admiring the fall foliage. Today we feature five spots for enjoying the leaves.
Fukuoka is famous for its beautiful nature, warm hospitality, and delicious food. Above all, it is a great place to view autumn leaves. How about embarking on a trip to Kyushu to enjoy the highlights of the fall season in the vibrant city of Fukuoka?