Yes, because the beauty of the four seasons is one of the charms of Japan.
I would like to introduce you to some of the places that are called "famous places" for autumn foliage.
Famous places for autumn foliage
Arashiyama area in Kyoto, Nikko area in
Tochigi and Yamakei area in Oita are known as one of the three most famous
places in Japan for autumn foliage.
The Arashiyama（嵐山） area is home to a number of autumn leaf colouring spots, including a garden famous for its autumnal foliage, a mountain temple surrounded by nature, and a spectacular view from Togetsu Bridge（渡月橋）, one of Arashiyama's most famous scenic spots.
1. Togetsu bridge
The bridge spans the Katsura River, which
runs between Sagano and Arashiyama.
The bridge was first built in the Shouwa
era (834-848) by a monk named Dosho, and was named Togetsukyo Bridge after
Emperor Kameyama (the "Joko" is the title of the deposed emperor),
who watched the moon moving over the bridge and said, "It resembles the
crossing of the moon without a bear".
The bridge in use today was completed in
June 1934 and is one of Arashiyama's most popular tourist attractions. In
autumn, the whole of Arashiyama turns red and yellow to show the collaboration
between the bridge and the autumn colors.
In December, the bridge is lit up in the evening
and at night on the Arashiyama Flower Lantern Road.
2. Tenryuji Temple
This is a prestigious Zen temple of the
Rinzai sect in Kyoto. The temple is famous for its "Sogen-ike
Garden," a garden with a circular strolling pond with Arashiyama, Turtle
Mountain and Ogura Mountain in the background, which was created by Kaisan Muso
The garden surrounded by the rich nature of
Saga Arashiyama with Sogen Pond in the center is like a beautiful painting. The
mountains turn red during the fall foliage season and the colored leaves are
reflected in the pond like a water mirror, which is very impressive.
The temple is located on the western edge
of Kyoto and is known as "the first place in Kyoto to receive the first
rays of sunrise", and in the latter half of November, the temple is open
for early morning prayers at 7:30 a.m.
3. Okochi Sanso Teien (Saga Kokurayama)
Okochi Denjiro (1898-1962), a film actor,
created this garden on the south face of Mt.
Numerous pines, cherry trees and maples add excitement to the garden, and the splendor of the bamboo grove leading to the garden is overwhelming. In addition, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Rakusai area, which is connected to the Sutsuregoka hill, which is related to the Tsurezuregusa (徒然草 an old Japanese book of essays), and the garden is praised as one of the best among the many gardens in Kyoto.
In autumn, the leaves change color beautifully and the scenery of the mountains with their reds, yellows and greens looks like a glossy Kyoto textile. Mt. Hiei and the cityscape of Kyoto can be seen from the park, and the contrast between the colored leaves and the view is outstanding!!
The Nikko area is dotted with many famous
places of interest, including the World Heritage Site of Nikko Toshogu Shrine,
and is easily accessible from central Tokyo. It is also known as one of Japan's
top autumnal foliage spots, and its unique environment has nurtured a variety
of natural features.
1. Iroha Slope
Many cars and motorbikes visit the Nikko
Irohazaka Slope, which is selected as one of the best 100 roads in Japan, as it
is a sightseeing road connecting the downtown area with Lake Chuzenji and
Oku-Nikko. Since there is an elevation difference of about 500 meters, the
colors of the leaves change slightly and you can enjoy the change of color as
This is one of the most popular tourist
attractions in the city, and is a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of the
Kanto Plain from the Akechidaira Observatory.
2. Lake Chuzenji
It is known as the highest natural lake in Japan and is located at 1,269 meters above sea level. Hangetsuzan（半月山） Observatory, from which you can get a panoramic view of Oku-Nikko, you can enjoy the view of Mount Otai（男体） and Lake Chuzenji（ 中禅寺 ）, as well as the beautiful autumn colors of Hatchodeshima（八丁出島） and the vast mountains.
Taking a cruise on a sightseeing boat and
looking out over the lake with the autumn leaves reflecting on the surface of
the lake is a great way to enjoy the view.
Kamibashi（神橋） is one of the three major bridges in Japan, and is a symbol of Nikko tourism. It is located at the entrance to Mt. Nikko and is the only old bridge in Japan in the form of a drawbridge (movable bridge) that was used in the gorges between mountains.
In autumn, the bright vermilion-painted
arch bridge that spans the Oya River becomes even more beautiful when the
leaves change to autumn colors.
Eight scenic spots are available from Ichimoku Hakkei（一目八景） of Yabakei , including Tobinosu Mountain, Gun Monkey Mountain, Mangangsaru Mountain, Married Couple Rocks, Yugo Nagao Peak, Eboshi Rock, Immortal Rock and Haebangryeong.
The red leaves look more like warm colors such as red, orange and yellow.
The fall foliage in this area is especially
beautiful in this season. This is a must-visit spot for a fall foliage tour.
1. Ichimoku Hakkei
The Yamakuni River has deeply eroded the
lava plateau, creating a 36 km east-west and 32 km north-south valley of
oddly-shaped rocks. Confucian scholar Rai Sanyo in the late Edo period praised
this landscape and named it Yabakei, in the Chinese way, as "the famous
scenic spot in the world". Of the many scenic spots in Yabagei,
"Eight Sights" is the best example.
There is "Ichimoku Hakkei
Observatory" in the center of the shopping street, from which you can
enjoy the eight sceneries of Tobinosu Mountain, Gun Saruyama, Larry Saruyama,
Husband and Wife Rock, Yugo Nagao Peak, Eboshi Rock, Immortal Rock and
The red leaves look more like warm colors
such as red, orange and yellow.
The 20,000 square meter large Japanese
garden expresses the natural beauty of Yabakei. With more than 31,000 trees of
100 species planted on the grounds, you can enjoy the changing colors of the
leaves in autumn, cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery in summer, and
winter landscape of karesansui.
Admission is free, so this is one of the
must-visit spots in the Yabagei area.
3. Blue Cave Gate
The tunnel is located in a huge quay wall,
"Kyeksyubong," along the Yamaguni River. The word "cave"
refers to the tunnel.
This used to be a difficult route to get to
the temple. However, in 1735, a monk, Zenkai, who visited the temple, and the
villagers planned to dig a tunnel here. After 30 years of painstaking efforts,
they succeeded in digging a tunnel through it, called the Blue Cave Gate.
It is 144 meters long and was opened in
1763. The size of the tunnel has not changed and the marks of the chisel made
by the monk remain on the wall. A large ginkgo tree stands at the entrance to
the downstream, and at the end of November, it turns yellow.
I knew Japan's autumn leaves were the best!
This view is really amazing and I hope a lot of people see it!
I agree! I think we're all going to be enthralled.
This scene must be preserved forever.
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