Autumn Colors Tour
Autumn in Japan is breathtaking, leaves of the deciduous trees on the mountain slopes, valleys, and country roads all transform into beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown colors. Including the amazing grounds of shrines, temples, parks, public gardens. Without a doubt, a trip to Japan during Koyo is a wonderful way to experience this country and its nature in all its glory.
The Places You’ll Visit:
Kyoto served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence and it is one of the country’s ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face.
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
Tofukuji Temple is one of the most popular temples to visit in the city, and it’s particularly popular during autumn for the gorgeous view of autumn leaves. The large temple has over 2,000 m2 vast Japanese garden, where numbers of maple trees burst in warm colors. The most popular view is of/from the Tsutenkyo Bridge. A 100 m bridge that connects Hondo Hall and Kaisando Hall.
Located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama offers views of forested mountains blanketed with a patchwork of multicolored trees. You can also tour the temples of Arashiyama and enjoy a romantic ride in the Sagano Scenic train. Arashiyama is very beautiful at any season but especially in autumn. The leaves start to change color from the beginning of November and it lasts until the first week of December.
In addition to vivid fall colors, you can enjoy a cup of authentic green tea amid theEikando Temple gardens. The grounds are illuminated at night to enable night time viewing. The temple is close to the Nomura Art Museum and Nanzen-ji area, as well as the southern end of the Philosopher’s Path.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, and culture to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in many excellent museums, historic temples, and gardens. Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.
Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
Meiji Jingu Gaien is the most popular spot for autumn leaves viewing in the central area of Tokyo, which is famous for the avenue lined with Ginkgo trees. Approx 150 Ginkgo trees are lined on this avenue for about 300 m with 2 lanes. Even though the best viewing time is about 2 weeks from mid-November, the scenery is still enjoyable after the leaves fall down and create a natural golden carpet.
While widely renowned for its cherry blossoms in spring, Ueno Park is also ideal for viewing autumn leaves. In urban Tokyo, it is hard to find a spot for viewing autumn leaves this spectacular, and you can enter for free! Many museums are located within Ueno Park as well. How about some art after your walk? From October 27 to December 6, Tokyo National Museum opens its garden for autumn leaf viewing.
TheRikugi–en is an Edo period garden that was restored in 1878. It offers a truly unique koyo experience – viewing the colors at night. Trees surrounding the lake are illuminated so that they can be enjoyed even after the sun has set, and the lights and leaves reflect mystically upon the surface of the lake.
Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture in Japan. It is blessed with beautiful outdoors, delicious seafood, and magnificent nighttime views, drawing a large number of visitors from all over the world. The wilderness of Hokkaido provides numerous outdoor pursuits, and its cities, nestled against the backdrop of mountains and lakes, provide culinary delights and a dose of culture.
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Onuma Quasi-National Park is a massive park of 9000 hectares. It is blessed with stunning scenery and has been chosen as one of the New Three Views of Japan. Visitors can enjoy various activities here, such as hiking, canoeing, and cycling at this park, all while viewing the autumn leaves.
Daisetsuzan National Park
If you want to avoid the crowds yet still view Japan’s autumn foliage, this park is a good option. Daisetsuzan, in Hokkaido, boasts being the first location to receive koyo in Japan, yet it is seldom frequented by tourists. The park is also home to volcanoes, lakes, mountains, and hot springs.
Stay at Sounkyo Onsen, as Momiji Daki, a famous viewing spot, is located at a thirty-minute walking distance from there. The trekking course should be easy to walk for beginners, but be sure to wear sports shoes.
The Daisetuzan area, including Kurodake, is said to be the earliest spot in Japan to enjoy the autumn leaves, where the mountaintop leaves start changing colors in late August. It is best to see it at the start of the season.
Shiretoko is a paradise for wild animals located on Shiretoko Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido. It is home to famous Hokkaido’s brown bear, deer, white-tailed eagles, and red fox. It is considered to be the last unspoiled wilderness remaining in Japan. Shiretoko National Park is our favorite autumn leaves viewing spots.
Here two spots are considered to be the best for hunting autumn foliage: Shiretoko Five Lakes and Shiretoko Pass (a winding road). When you are to discover the Five Lakes and its surrounding areas you would be amazed seeing the shimmering hues.
The surrounding hilly areas offer the most beautiful scenery you could expect from the autumn season. In 2005, Shiretoko has been designated as UNESCO world heritage site in Japan.
There are five lakes (goko) in the Shiretoko Peninsula, which is designated as a World Natural Heritage Site. Visitors can enjoy the autumn leaves in the area, walking along the two trekking courses surrounding the lakes. The Ground Pathway winds through a deep forest, and visitors can see various wild animals and plants along the way.
Futami Tsuribashi (suspension bridge) is a popular viewing spot that is completely surrounded by the foliage. Visitors can reach the mountaintop using the ropeway, and enjoy the view from high above.
There are many hot springs for day-trippers in the area, so you can even enjoy the view while soaking in the water. There are also fun canoeing and horseback riding activities.
Stunning Gingko Trees at Hokkaido University
Seventy ginkgo trees are lined up along a road stretching for 380 meters, with the yellow leaves virtually covering the sky. The campus is located only seven minutes away on foot from JR Sapporo Station, which is one of the reasons it has become popular.
Stunning View from Mt. Moiwa
Sapporo is renowned throughout Japan for its spectacular evening scenery. This renowned view is from Mt. Moiwa, where the mountaintop is connected to the foothills by a ropeway. You can overlook the autumn leaves from the ropeway cars. In the autumn you can appreciate the leaves at daytime as well as the magnificent view of Sapporo at nighttime.
Hakodate is Hokkaido’s third-largest city, located at the island’s southern tip. Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood.
Goryokaku is a star-shaped fixture, and one of the main sightseeing spots in Hakodate. Historically it was used as a fortress, built in the late Edo Period, and has been renovated into a park. In spring the park will be colored pink by the cherry blossoms, and turn red and yellow in fall. The whole park can be viewed from the top of the 107-meter tall Goryokaku Tower.
It is a Japanese garden located inside Miharashi Park, which used to be the villa of a wealthy merchant.
Blue Pond (Biei)
The scenery in fall, with the leaves changing colors, and its reflection on the pond surface creating a multihued sight, is exceptional. Accessing this area may not be easy, but this a destination worth visiting.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, jacket.
Include5 Star AccommodationPersonal GuideAirport TransfersBreakfast
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Day 01 - Arrival Tokyo
Day 02 - Tokyo Autumn Colors Tour
Day 03 - Tokyo City Tour
Day 04 - Hokkiado Autumn Colors Tour
Day 05 -Onuma Quasi-National Park
Day 06 - Mt. Hakodate
Day 07 - Daisetsuzan National Park
Day 08 - Shirektoko Autumn Tour
Day 09 - Shiretoko National Park
Day 10 - Shiretoko Five Lakes
Day 11 - Utoro Departure