The best places to see autumn leaves! 5 Autumn Foliage Spots in Japan

The best places to see autumn leaves! 5 Autumn Foliage Spots in Japan
The word for autumn leaves has such a long history that it appeared in documents from the Heian period (794-1185). Autumn leaves have always been a regular part of our lives from old times.
Why don't you enjoy the colorful autumn leaves and re-realize the beauty of the four seasons in Japan?

Why do leaves change color?
Please note that the hours of operation may change or be closed depending on the day of the week or season. Please make sure to check the official website before visiting. Also, after the government allows people to trip without restriction, please visit the spots mentioned in the articles.

1. Tateyama Ropeway (Toyama Prefecture)

 Tateyama Ropeway

Panoramic view from the window

The ropeway began operating in 1970 and is the longest one-span ropeway in Japan. (Daikanbo Station - Kurobedaira Station, 1,700m, 7 minutes) From the window, you can see the Tateyama Mountain Range, Lake Kurobe, and other mountains. During the autumn foliage season, maple trees and other colored leaves spread out below the car. There is no support pillar so that you can enjoy the panoramic view of nature.
This is one of the most famous spots for viewing autumn leaves in Japan. It is visited by many people every year during the autumn foliage season.

[The best time to visit] From late September to mid-October.

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2. Arashiyama (Kyoto Prefecture)


An area where you can enjoy autumn foliage and history

Arashiyama is located on the west side of Kyoto City and is famous for its autumn foliage. There is a bridge that represents Arashiyama called Togetsukyo Bridge that is over the Katsura River. The scenery of autumn leaves and the bridge reminds old Japan. In addition to the autumn foliage, there are many temples and shrines in the area, such as Tenryuji Temple, where you can feel the history.
It is a great place for sightseeing, where you can appreciate the autumn leaves while visiting temples and shrines.

[The best time to visit] From late November to early December.

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3. Mikaeri-no-Taki Falls (Saga Prefecture)

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A well-kept secret spot for autumn leaves

This waterfall is located in the town of Souchi, Saga Prefecture. The waterfall's name comes from the fact that the beauty of the waterfall makes people look back at it repeatedly. The area around the waterfall is surrounded by nature so that you can enjoy the scenery of each season. There is also a walking trail, so you can take a stroll while viewing the autumn leaves.
The waterfall, one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan, and the autumn leaves' spectacular view are a must-see.

[The best time to visit] From early November to late November

4. Oirase Gorge (Aomori Prefecture)

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Many view places on the walking path

In Oirase Gorge, it flows a mountain stream of the Oirase River that stretches about 14 km from Towada Lake. The Oirase Gorge has many spectacular spots such as Choshi Otaki Waterfall, which is designated as a national natural monument and a special scenic spot and is protected. When the autumn leaves season comes, the beech and maple trees become colorful, enhancing the scenery.
For those who may be difficult to walk about 14km, it is possible to walk only to the spots of interest and take a bus to the other spots.

[The best time to visit] From mid-October to late October

5. Ozegahara marsh (Gunma Prefecture)

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Autumn grasses and leaves in the marshland

Ozegahara is a marshland located in the highlands of Gunma Prefecture. One of the most extensive marshlands in Honshu (main islands of Japan). It covers 760 hectares and is surrounded by 2,000-meter-high mountains. It makes it a treasure trove of flora and fauna. It is located in the Oze National Park and is designated as a national natural monument. During the autumn foliage season, you can enjoy the autumn leaves of the surrounding mountains and the autumn colors of the grass in the marshland area.
The temperature in Ozegahara around October, when the autumn grasses and leaves are at their peak, can drop below 5 degrees Celsius if the weather is not good so that you will need warm clothes.

[The best time to visit] From late September to mid-October


In this article, we have introduced some of the best autumn foliage spots in Japan. Some views can only be enjoyed in autumn. Enjoy the autumn foliage spots around the country after you can travel without restriction.

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