The Best Places for Koyo, Fall Colors Viewing in Autumn

09/12/2019 Visit: Parks & Nature

Rikugien: Experiencing History and Tradition under the Autumn Leaves

Rikugien is one of nine Tokyo Metropolitan Cultural Heritage Gardens and one of the most popular spots in the city to enjoy Japan’s famed autumn colors. Immaculately manicured landscapes, rolling hills, brilliant nighttime lighting, and a deep historical significance make this garden an irresistible fall destination for travelers and locals alike.

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03/10/2018 Visit: Parks & Nature

Autumn Adventures: The Fall Colors of Lake Okutama

You may be familiar with Mt. Takao, the closest and easiest hike near Tokyo. If you’ve experienced all that Mt. Takao has to offer, it’s time to go deeper into the mountainous Okutama region. A mere 90-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station, Lake Okutama is an accessible escape into nature with scenery and activities that everyone can enjoy.

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26/10/2015 Visit: Parks & Nature  Visit: Temples & Shrines

5 Places to Visit in Kyoto’s Mt. Arashiyama in Autumn

Hogon-in Temple: the best autumn foliage spot in Arashiyama During Koyo season, Hogon-in Temple (famous for its beautiful garden) and is open to the public from the beginning of October to the beginning of January.  You can visit the Shishiku garden, that is usually not open to the public, so expect the place to be crowded. Illuminations are usually also available at the end of the opening period.  Go to Hogo-in using what3words: ///goes.avoiding.fondest Tenryuji Temple and its view on the mountain Tenryu-ji Temple is registered as a World Heritage of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. It was built in 1339. The main attraction here is the spacious Sogenchi Pond Garden, that […]

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15/10/2014 Visit: Parks & Nature

Two Different Kinds of Japanese Autumn Scenery

‘Kakumanbuchi’, the golden marsh This small marshland, Kakumanbuchi is located at Mt. Akagi (elev. 1360-meters) in Gunma Prefecture. Kakumanbuchi is a small marsh about 1-kilometer in circumference and its promenade is fully furbished, so you can enjoy a 30-minute hike. The best season for autumn foliage there is the middle of October because the marsh is located at such a high elevation.  Red autumn foliage cannot be seen here, but the other popular fall color, yellow, is very abundant in this area. The golden yellow carpet of grass here is called “Kusa-koyo” in Japanese. The visit is easy thanks to this promenade which is in good condition. Midway, there are […]

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22/10/2015 Visit: Parks & Nature  Visit: Temples & Shrines

Our Favorite Spots for Koyo Season in Kyoto

Autumn foliage in Higashiyama

Japan is currently in the height of autumn and from all over the country we’re hearing news of the beautiful autumn leaves.
Most famous of all are the beautiful Kyoto autumn leaves. In 2013, we walked through the Higashiyama area of Tokyo, photographing their leaves, and today we bring you photographs from Kyoto.

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10/09/2018 Travel Tips  Visit: Parks & Nature

Autumn in Shinjuku: 3 Amazing Spots for Viewing Fall Colors

As one of Tokyo’s major business hubs, Shinjuku admittedly isn’t the first location that comes to mind when seeking out places to soak in the splendid yellow and red hues of autumn leaves. However, busy Shinjuku-based travelers shouldn’t give up on their fall-color dreams just because they can’t make it out to the local mountains. As you’ll see in this article, there are plenty of places to partake in the wonders of autumn, one of the best times of the year to visit Japan.

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19/09/2018 Travel Tips  Visit: Parks & Nature

3 Amazing Autumn Day Trips from Shinjuku

Although there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fall colors in Shinjuku, nothing beats getting out into nature and strolling or hiking below a canopy of gold and crimson leaves. All it takes is the right train and a day of free time to experience some truly wonderful autumn excursions. Shinjuku Station, the busiest station in the world, is a hub that launches you to all sorts of adventures throughout the country. Read on to learn more about what you can accomplish in just one day.

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02/12/2014 Festivals & Events

The Ginkgo Festival:Beautiful Autumn Colors in Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien

The best place and time to admire Ginkgo trees like the locals.

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