Fall is almost here! 7 places to visit in November

Fall is almost here! 7 places to visit in November
November is when the autumn leaves are at their peaks nationwide, including the Kanto area. You must be able to feel the hints of autumn around you as well. How do you spend the short autumn tourist season before winter arrives? This time I would like to introduce 7 magnificent places to go in November, for those of you who have not made any plans yet.

1. Meigetsu-in Temple (Kamakura) | A famous spot in Kamakura for autumn leaves that will captivate you through its round window

The Meigetsu-in Temple is often called "Meigetsu-in Blue", as it is famous for the hydrangea flowers that bloom around it. However, this temple is actually wonderful during the autumn season as well.


This window is known as the "window of enlightenment". The beauty of the circular window with a glimpse of the red autumn leaves will make you want to gaze at it forever. This circular window is said to be a representation of enlightenment, mentality, and the universe. How about quietly sitting on the tatami mat and confronting the window that frames a scenery of the fall?

【Address】189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
【Price】High School and older: 500 yen, Elementary and Middle School: 300 yen
【Hours】8:30~17:00 (June), 9:00~16:00 (Other months)
【Closed】Open all year round ※may be closed for inspection

2. Otaguro Park (Tokyo) | Enjoy the autumn leaves easily at the garden in Ogikubo

In the midst of Tokyo, there is a little-known spot where you can enjoy beautiful autumn leaves. This is the easily accessible Otaguro Park, located only about 10 mintues by foot from Ogikubo Station. Although it is called a park, it does not have any playground equipmet for children, but it is a Japanese landscape garden with a circular path. This park was originally created on the former residence of a music critic named Motoo Otaguro. In autumn, you can enjoy a view of the colorful autumn leaves around the memorial hall, the stone pavements, and a pond.


Right as you enter the gate, you will be welcomed by the golden maidenhair trees lined up along a path. The Otaguro Park is also a place where you can see yellow and red autumn leaves at once. The peak is from late November to early December. Since the park is open for free, I recommend dropping by when you want to enjoy the autumn season in a nearby place.

【Address】3-33-12 Ogikubo, Suginami
【Hours】9:00~17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
【Closed】December 29th to January 1st

3. 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa) | Enjoy the autumn season by jumping into the world of contemporary art

In Japan, people say that Autumn is the best season for arts. The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art that has a large collection of contemporary art is perfect for this season. Inside the glassed-in circular building, there are many spacious rooms with unique installations. You can enjoy the works of art freely, by looking at them from different angles or taking pictures.
The permanent display of a work called the "Swimming Pool" is an ideal spot to take photos. You can take many original photos from inside the pool, or by peeking inside from outside the pool. If you cross the street right outside of the museum, you will find the「 Kenrokuen Garden」, which is one of Japan's 3 most famous gardens. How about enjoying the autumn season of Kanazawa by going on a tour of art and history?

4. Kinosaki Onsen (Hyogo) | Walk around the tasteful onsen town in a Yukata


Sometimes there is a hint of winter in November. There may be many people who are beginning to miss the onsen. At the well-known Kinosaki Onsen of the Kansai area, a popular thing to do is to go on the tour of the 7 charming onsen. How about touring the onsen with a history of 1,300 years while wearing traditional Japanese clothes?


When someone mentions the Autumn and Winter seasons of Kinosaki Onsen, you cannot forget the fresh crabs from the Sea of Japan. The fishing season of the crabs opens from November 6th. Wouldn't it be luxurious to enjoy some delicious crabs with some Japanese sake, after warming up from a nice bath?

5. Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway (Hyogo) | A panoramic view of the mountains and the town of Kobe filled with autumn colors


This Herb Garden is one of Japan's largest, where you can enjoy about 75,000 flowers of 200 different kinds, and some food and tea made from these herbs. The herbs are not the only fascinations of the garden. Including about 500 Japanese maple trees, there is a variation of trees like mountain cherry trees and wax trees that create a breathtaking view of autumn leaves.


To fully enjoy these autumn leaves, I recommend going on the ropeway where you can take a 10 minutes walk through the skies at an altitude of 400 meters. Below you can see a panoramic view of a fairy-tale world of the herb garden, and the mountains and the streets of Kobe filled with autumn colors. The peak of the autumn leaves is from mid-November to early December.

【Address】1-4-3, Kitanocho, Chuo, Kobe, Hyogo
【Ropeway Fee】Adults (Highschool and older): 1,400 yen (round trip), Children (Elementary and Middle School): 700 yen (round trip)
【Ropeway Hours】9:30~16:45 (Final time for going up)
【Herb Garden Hours】10:00~17:00 ※Hours change depending on the season, check HP
【Closed】Open all year round

6. Kuwayama Shrine (Kyoto) | Admire the autumn leaves of the old shrine with a history of over 1,300 years


The Kuwayama Shrine is an old shrine with a history of 1,300 years that was mentioned in the "Engishiki Jinmyocho", a list of shrines that was written during the Heian period. This shrine has been famous for its autumn leaves for many years, and from early November, about 1,000 maple trees fill the shrine grounds with their beautiful vermillion color.


There is an Autumn Leaves Festival held from November 11th, 5pm, where you can enjoy a mini concert of the "erhu", a 2-stringed Chinese instrument. The time spent inside the historic atmosphere of the Kuwayama Shrine, filled with the expressive sounds of the erhu and the autumn leaves will certainly be a blissful one.

【Address】22-2 Kamigaichi, Kamiyadocho, Kameoka, Kyoto
【Price】300 yen (During November) ※Free for children in Elementary school and under

7. Koto Sanzan Saimyoji Temple (Shiga) | The temple that was chosen by CNN where you can enjoy both autumn leaves and cherry blossoms


The Koto Sanzan Saimyoji Temple of Shiga was selected as one of "Japan's 31 most beautiful places" by CNN. From mid-November to late November, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Japanese maple trees that fill the temple grounds with their beautiful colors. The fascinations of the Saimyoji Temple are not only the autumn leaves, but also the winter cherry blossoms that bloom from autumn to spring.


The winter cherry blossoms also reach their peak during the autumn leaves season in November. Winter cherry blossoms are cute and small, unlike the gorgeous cherry trees of the spring. How about enjoying the admirable winter cherry blossoms and the breathtaking autumn leaves together under the wintry sky? Be careful when you visit, because there is another temple of the same name in Kyoto.

So here are the recommended magnificent spots of November. Be sure to go out to encounter the beauties of autumn, but make sure to keep yourself warm, as it gets cold in the morning and at night.

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