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Autumn Leaves Need to be Seen at the Perfect Timing and Locations in 2016

Viewing autumn leaves in Japan only happens once a year. There are viewing spots all over the country, such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo. Check out where to view the autumn leaves near you in 2016.

Late October

Lake Okutama – Tokyo

Lake Okutama

Lake Okutama is the at an elevation of 1269 meters, has a surface area of four square kilometers, and it is the highest natural lake in Japan. It is fun to walk around and see the red and yellow leaves. It is recommended to see the autumn leaves while riding in a boat. Kegon Falls is another place that can’t be missed. The waterfall with the colorful leaves in the background is a must see.
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Lake Okutama

Address: 5 Hara, Okutama machi,  Nishitama Gun, Tokyo

Access: 15 minutes by bus from Okutama Station

Website: Lake Okutama


Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ropeway – Hokkaido


The Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ropeway is a beautiful place to see the autumn leaves. A 15 minute ride on the Morisu cable car will take you to the viewing location. During the day the leaves are a vibrant red or orange, but during the day it is called one of the “New Three Best Night Viewing Spots in Japan”. On the south side there is the Mt. Moiwa Tourist Motorway and cars can directly drive up to the viewing area. At the observatory at the summit of the mountain there is the “Eternal Happiness Bell” and Mt. Moiwa is called the sacred land for lovers.
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Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ropeway

Address: 5-3-7 Fushimi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Access: 5 minutes by shuttle bus from Ropeway Iriguchi Station

Hours: 10:30 AM – 22:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1700 yen (Adults)
850 yen (Children)

Website: Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ropeway


Irohazaka Slope – Tochigi

Irohazaka Slope

Irohazaka Slope is an automotive-only road that links the city of Nikko and Okunikko. There are two roads, Daiichi and Daini. Irohazaka Slope has 48 sharp curves and there is a grand scenery of the leaves. These roads are known for having the best viewing spots to see the autumn leaves. There is a high chance of running into a traffic jam during the peak season.
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Irohazaka Slope

Address: Nikko, Tochigi

Access: 40 minutes by bus from Nikko Station

Website: Irohazaka Slope


Early November

Nakatsu Valley – Saitama

Nakatsu Valley

Nakatsu Valley is about 10 kilometers away from Nakatsugawa River which is boarding Nagano Prefecture. There is a near by cliff that extends 1oo meters. The scenery from the valley is a forest covered in red and yellow during autumn. There is one of the best spots to view the autumn leaves in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture and it is a designated scenic spot in the prefecture. There is an onsen nearby so people walk back and forth.
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Nakatsu Valley

Address: Nakatsugawa River, Chichibu City, Saitama

Access: 50 minutes by bus from Mitsumineguchi Station

Website: Nakatsu Valley


Lake Toya – Hokkaido

Lake Toya

Lake Toya is surrounded by onsen resorts. The autumn leaves can be enjoyed while walking along the promenade at Memorial Park. The Nakajima floating tour is another way to view the leaves, take a tour by boat on Lake Toya. Another way to view the leaves in to ride Mount Usu Ropeway.
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Lake Toya

Address: Toyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta Gun, Hokkaido

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Toya Station

Website: Lake Toya


Chausuyama – Aichi


Chausuyama is a resort area in Aichi Prefecture to see beautiful autumn leaves. The view from the Hagi Taro Yamakita slope is the best place in Aichi to see the vivid Maple leaves. There are cafes, restaurants, shops, campgrounds, and a vacation village. The scenery from the observatory at the top of the mountain can be enjoyed all year around.
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Address: 70-185 Goshodaira, Sakauba Toyone Mura, Kitashitara Gun, Aichi

Access: 1.4 hours by car from Nakatsugawa River Area

Website: Chausuyama


Middle November

Rikugien Garden – Tokyo

Rikugien Garden
Photo Credit:Takuya

At Rikugien Garden the bright red maple leaves are illuminated at night. Rikugien Garden was created by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa for Tsunayoshi Tokugawa. It is designated as a place of special scenic beauty and it is one of the two major Daimyo gardens representing the Edo period. The park is bright, spacious, and the yellow and red trees can be seen everywhere. At night the leaves are illuminated and the leaves can be enjoy while looking at the shrines and temples. Rikugien Garden is very close to the station so it is a convenient place to view the autumn leaves.
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Rikugien Garden

Address: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Komagome Station

9:00 AM – 17:00 PM
9:00 AM – 21:00 PM (during 11/19 – 12/7)

Admission Fee:
Free (Elementary school student)
300 yen (Over 13 years old)
150 yen (Over 65 years old)

Website: Rikugien Garden


Mt. Rokko – Hyogo

Mt. Rokko

At Mt. Rokko autumn is the best time to visit. Using the Rokko Arima Ropeway, travel 12 minutes to the summit station to view the autumn leaves. One recommended places to visit is the Arima onsen. You can enjoy the red and yellow leaves will soaking in the onsen. This is a very convenient location because the train station is very close.
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Mt. Rokko

Address: 4512-336 Kitarokko, Rokkosancho, Nada Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo

Access: Around Rokkosancho Station

Website: Mt. Rokko


Kodaiji Temple – Kyoto

Kodaiji Temple

The autumn leaves at Kodaiji Temple is reflected on the lake on it is a breathtaking site. It is recommended to view the leaves and temple at night during autumn.
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Kodaiji Temple

Address: 463−39 Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Access: 17 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station

9:00 AM – 17:00 PM
9:00 AM – 21:30 PM (during 10/21 – 12/11)

Admission Fee:
600 yen (Adults)
250 yen (Junior high school student)

Website: Kodaiji Temple


Late November

Gingko Avenue of Jingu Gaien – Tokyo

Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki

Gingko Avenue of Jingu Gaien is the place the row of Ginkgo Biloba trees, this pathway is used in many movies and dramas. Walking from Aoyama to Meiji Jingu Outer Garden, there are 146 Ginkgo Biloba trees lining the pathway. It is recommended to walk around or ride a bicycle. There is a traditional Japanese garden to view the autumn leaves. Autumn leaves can be enjoyed is the center of Tokyo.
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Gingko Avenue of Jingu Gaien

Address: 2 Kitaaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Shinanomachi Station

Website: Gingko Avenue of Jingu Gaien (Japanese)

Mt. Takao – Tokyo

Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao is just outside of central Tokyo, at 599 meters in elevation. An hour train ride from central Tokyo can take you to this scenic mountain. Ride on a cable car up the mountain to get to the summit. Look over the city while being surrounded by red and yellow maple leaves. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the autumn leaves near the city.
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Mt. Takao

Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Takaosanguchi Station

Website: Mt. Takao (Japanese)

Korankei – Aichi


Korankei has about 4,000 vibrant maples trees. Both sides of Tomoegawa river are covered with maple trees. The reflection of the trees turned the river red. Kosekiji XI was a Sanei priest and he planted each maple tree one by one. The maples trees are illuminated at night and it is a fantastic site. It is recommended to drive. There are shrines and temples in the area to view more autumn leaves.
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Address: Iimori, Asukecho,Toyota City, Aichi

Access: 45 minutes by bus from Toyotashi Station

Website: Korankei



Shorenin Monzeki – Kyoto

Shorenin Monzeki

Shoreiin Monzeki has a beautifully illuminated night view of the autumn leaves. The prestigious temple have been the house of the head priest of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. The garden attracts many people and when the leave are illuminated at night, it is an even more beautiful site. Enjoy the leaves along side a Japanese style landscape. It is conveniently located near a train station.
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Shorenin Monzeki

Address: 69−1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Access: 5 minute walk from Higashiyama Station

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adults)
400 yen (Junior high and high school students)
200 yen (Elementary school students)

Website: Shorenin Monzeki

Lake Kameyama – Chiba

Lake Kameyama

At Lake Kameyama, enjoy the autumn leaves while walking around or cruising on the lake. Lake Kameyama is the largest lake with a dam in the prefecture. It is a family-friendly resort with camping and fishing. Every November there is the annual “Kameyama Autumn Festival”. It is recommended to bicycle around the area.  It is conveniently located near a train station.
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Lake Kameyama

Address: Kawamata, Kimitsu City, Chiba

Access: 8 minute walk from Kazusa Kameyama Station

Website: Lake Kameyama


Kyoto Gyoen – Kyoto

Kyoto Gyoen

The autumn leaves at Kyoto Gyoen can be enjoyed with in a 65 hectare radius. At the national park, there is a large garden with Ginkgo Biloba trees that have bright yellow leaves. Kyoto Gyoen is beautiful all year around, there is cherry blossoms in the spring and red leaves in the fall. If one applies in advanced, you can see the leaves from the inner court of Kyoto Gyoen.
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Kyoto Gyoen

Address: Jyokyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Access: 1 minute walk from Marutacho Station

Website: Kyoto Gyoen

Atami Baien – Shizuoka

Atami Baien

At Atami Baien, the maple trees decorate the entire town. There are around 380 colorful maple trees, it is known as the “latest periods to enjoy the autumn foliage in Japan”. The trees are illuminated and there is place to soak your feet at a nearby foot-bath. The red and yellow leaves can be enjoyed while being surrounded by Japanese temples and shrines.
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Atami Baien

Address: 8 Baiencho, Atami City, Shizuoka

Access: 10 minute walk from Kinomiya Station

Website: Atami Baien

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