The weather gets cooler each day; the leaves starts changing from green to red and gold. Soon, it will be time for momijigari or autumn leaf hunting. From the northern tip of Hokkaido extending all the way south to Kyushu, the changing of leaves from late September to December is a spectacular view to behold. Why not take this opportunity to visit some amazing spots?
Want to relax while enjoying autumn leaves? Myoko is the best choice for those who wish to take a relaxing walk away from the loud and bustling city. A round trip of this area takes around 4 hours.
Quiet and serene, the walk will certainly bring you closer to nature, especially at Sasagamine Kougen. If you’re up to a challenge, take a hike up Mount Myoko to make your trip unforgettable!
Location | Suginosawa Sasagamine, Myoko, Niigata
Direction | 45 minutes by bus from Myoko-Kogen Station to Sasagamine Hutte stop.
The momijigari in Kyoto is said to be different compared to elsewhere in Japan due to its deep historical roots. Listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera is a historical Buddhist temple that you must absolutely visit if you go to Kyoto. Its famed panaroma view is certainly worth the trip!
Address | 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Take bus 100 or 206 from JR Kyoto Station (15-minute ride) to Gojo-zaka stop. Walk 10 minutes to the shrine. The roof of Kiyomizu-dera is currently under renovation until March 2020, but visitors can still enjoy the beautiful view surrounding the temple.
The little-known Iya Valley offers spectacular natural momiji untouched by development for those who make the trip. Listed as one of Japan’s legendary bridges, the 45-metre long Iya Kazurabashi bridge stretches across the Iya River at the center of the valley, 14 metres above a running stream below. Any fear of heights is sure to be conquered by the spectacular view of autumn you can get from this bridge. The mountain vine bridge is rebuilt every three years for safety purposes, and may only be crossed in one direction.
Stunning view of the bridge even when you walk beside the stream.
Hakone is one of the momijigari spots you should not miss. Every year, visitors make their way to Lake Ashi, an autumn hot spot in Hakone. The majestic view of Mount Fuji in the background adds to the spectacular golden-red view of Lake Ashi. This area is also famous for its volcanoes and onsen for a unique vacation experience.
Cable car rides at Owakudani or The Great Boiling Valley also offer impressive views of Hakone’s autumn.
Take the Hakone Tozan Railway train from Odarawa Station to Gora Station to enjoy autumn views along the trip.
Location| Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa
Directions | 85-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) – Odakyu Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station. 70-minute bus ride from Shinjuku Station to Lake Ashi. Feeder bus is available every 30 minutes.