Autumn in Japan sees the leaves of maple and ginkgo trees across the country turn stunning hues of red, gold, and orange, making this time of year just as popular with travellers as the cherry blossom season.
There are plenty of idyllic settings nation-wide where you can truly appreciate the beauty of the autumn leaves, known as ‘koyo’ in Japanese. Here are 3 of our favourite must-see spots to visit in Japan this Autumn.
Kyoto is home to an incredible number of temples, shrines, and gardens, which become hotspots for people wishing to view the colourful koyo during Autumn. The leaves begin to change colour in around mid November and usually last until early December
Nikko is home to an extravagantly decorated shrine complex called the Toshogu Shrine which consists of more than a dozen 17th century structures set in a lush green forest. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located at the entrance to Nikko National Parkwhich boasts majestic mountains, as well as numerous waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and plateaus. It is simply breathtaking to view the shrines, temples and bridges in harmony with the surrounding natural beauty during autumn when the leaves are changing from green to intense reds and oranges.
One of the most amazing ways to view Mt. Fuji is from the shores of one of the Fuji Five Lakes during Autumn. Not only do you usually not have to worry about the summer haze potentially ruining your view, you are also likely to be greeted by a snow-capped summit at this time of year. Add to that the spectacular autumn leave colours present between October and mid November and you are bound to get some extraordinary photo opportunities.
The Fuji Five Lake or Fujigoko region is the area located at the northern base of Mount Fuji, approximately 1000 m above sea level which surrounds the lakes Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko.