Sep 19, 2016

Where is your favourite place to enjoy "kouyou 紅葉” Autumn foliage in Japan?

We have some great places near us that I like to take in the Autumn foliage, but I am looking for recommendations further afield. Where do you think is particularly resplendent? Or where do you like to go and why? TIA (Picture Autumn Leaves at the Imperial Palace Gardens: http://insaitama.com/outer-gardens-imperial-palace/ )



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  • JTsuzuki

    on Sep 21

    I love to take the train through the mountainside to Yamagata, but I don't have pictures of that, so here's my second favorite: Entsuiin Temple in Matsushima, which hosts a fall-color illumination event. This was from last year. Sorry for the quality.

  • helloalissa

    on Sep 19

    Nikko and Kyoto!

  • Kasajizo

    on Sep 22

    Arashiyama is very very popular in Kyoto for the autumn leaves. On the other side in Kyoto, there´s the Eiden-line from Demachiyanagi to Kurama. They have (had?) their train seats positioned for MAXIMUM VIEWING PLEASURE!

  • Saitama

    on Sep 22

    I hope to get to Kyoto one day to see the Autumn Leaves. I went to Osaka once during Kouyou and it was nice, but I heard that Kyoto is much nicer. Entsuiin Temple looks beautiful @JTsuzuki. It is very hard to get a good photo of night illumination of leaves... this is my attempt at getting them in Shinrin Park last year...As you can see, I didn't get any of the leaf colours at all!!

  • I went to Rikugien Garden in Tokyo last year. It's really popular especially since they have "illuminations" for a limited time period during autumn season. I actually wrote a review about it just recently. You can check it out here: https://www.city-cost.com/reviews/MYnxz-A_Garden_for_All_Seasons_Outdoor_Bunkyo_ku I liked it because it's such a refreshing sight to see as Tokyo is such a busy place. I didn't think such a garden existed amidst all the hustle bustle. I heard Nikko is also a good place during the autumn. Have you been? I'm planning to go there this year to see it for myself.

  • Oh, Kamakura is a nice area for autumn foliage as well! And it's pretty cool to have the big Buddha statue in the background.

  • smallbigjapan

    on Sep 29

    I normally go to Shinjuku Koen, but this year I'm going to Nikko.

  • Saitama

    on Sep 29

    @AnnaAbola I went about 10 years ago. It lashed rain the whole time, but I could still just how beautiful the place is. I would actually like to go back and hope for better weather the next time!

  • MommyRam

    on Sep 30

    My family and I went to Chichibu last November but we failed to see the colorful leaves as most of it have already fallen. This year, we are planning to go back there earlier, around 3rd week of October to see the bright koyou and ginko leaves.

  • Cookievagabond

    on Oct 18

    For me its Mount takao at the end of November :)

  • Babei1096

    on Nov 13

    Someone told me that Hakone is the best place for kouyou . Now is the best time for sightseeing.

  • Jackson

    on Jan 21

    I love visiting Japanese castles to see the red pairing with the traditional architecture from the samurai days. Most castles will have some beautiful red leaf trees (and sakura trees too, when spring comes).

  • Beckymeetsworld

    on Feb 18

    Yabakei in Oita prefecture is by far the most beautiful place I've been in Autumn! There are plenty of parks and the rivers and mountains are stunning :)


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