Best Spots for Autumn Foliage Viewing in Japan

Many people think of cherry blossoms when they think of natural sights in Japan. But did you know that Japan’s autumn foliage can be equally striking? Read on to discover the best places for viewing Japan’s spectacular Autumn foliage!

Autumn Leaves in ToyamaKurobe Canyon & Shomyo Falls

These locations look like stepping into an ancient painting. Stark and striking rocks, rushing water and a profusion of beautiful autumnal colour! Easily accessible from the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route snaking between Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture and Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, these locations are a favourite with tourists and outdoor activity enthusiasts.

TanzanAutumn at Tanzan

The precincts of this temple are thronged with trees that burst into a riot of colour come autumn. Located in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, it is an ideal stop-off for anyone touring around Kyoto, Nara City or Osaka.

The Ruins of Akizuki CastleAkizuki Foliage

Well, as if the name wasn’t evocative enough! The remains of this castle, built in 1203, are dotted with sakura and maple trees, making it a popular spot in both spring and autumn. Plus, since it is in Fukuoka Prefecture, you’ll be able to get yourself some amazing ramen when you’re done looking at all the scenery!

Saimyo TempleSaimyo-ji

One of the oldest temples in Eastern Japan and located on the side of a mountain in Shiga Prefecture, its main hall and pagoda are designated national treasures! When autumn rolls around not only do the trees turn into a riot of colour, but autumnal blooming cherry trees also burst into life.

Foliage Viewing Platform, YamanashiKoyodai

Looking out over the beautiful countryside of Yamanashi, the unique positioning of this viewing platform gives you a stunning look at not only autumn colours, but also Mt. Fuji and a whole host of other mountains.

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Thanks to tsuda at Flickr for the image of autumn leaves
Thanks to Hiroaki Kaneko at Flickr for the image of Tanzan Temple
Thanks to gtknj at Flickr for the image of Akizuki Castle foliage
Thanks to Kyoto-Picture at Flickr for the image of Saimyo Temple
Thanks to Guilhem Vellut at Flickr for the image from the viewing platform