Summer is leaving us and autumn is on our doorstep.
In autumn, the leaves on most deciduous Japanese trees change their color to red, yellow or orange. “Kouyou” (紅葉, literally “red leaves”) means “fall colors”.
The season lasts from September through to early November, depending on the weather and location.
Autumn is my favorite season in Japan, not so hot, not so cold, and the beautiful kouyou.
1. 厭離庵-Enrian (Kyoto)
You may have never seen so much red in your life until you’ve visited This place. During the peak of autumn, so many leaves fall into the ground that it becomes almost impossible for anyone to see another color other than red.
2. 紅葉回廊-Momiji Kairou (Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi)
This is a corridor created by the trees with a gentle blend of orange and red.
3. 国営ひたち 海浜公園-Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachinaka, Ibaraki)
It is known for its hill on the seaside, covered with Kochia balls.
Nearly 32000 of Kochia balls and 2 million flowers of cosmea attract visitors.
4. 金精峠-Konseitouge (Nikko, Tochigi)
Mountain climbing among the autumn foliage is an exceptional experience.
5. 醍醐寺-Daigoji (Kyoto)
One of the spots where you can completely enjoy the Japanese culture and autumn together in this temple.
6. 神宮外苑いちょう並木-Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki (Minato-ku)
This is the most famous row of Gingko trees in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The road in the photo is an avenue of Gingko trees in “Jingu Gaien” where more that 140 Gingko trees are planted. From mid-November to early early December.
7. 高尾山-Mount Takao (Hachiouji City)
Mount Takao is the most popular hiking spot in the metropolitan area and is even popular with tourists from overseas.
8. 豪徳寺-Goutokuji (Setagaya-ku)
“Yoyogi Park” is always good for any season. It has 1300 “Gingko” trees planted and during the autumn season, when the leaves fall to the ground, it creates a yellow carpet.
10. 六義園-Rikugien Garden (Bunkyo-ku)
It's a historical Japanese-style garden established in 1695. In this garden, at night there is an illumination.