10 best autumn-leaf viewing spots in Kanto!
There are so many tourist attractions in Kanto, and trees in these areas change their color in the autumn to present the beautiful autumn leaves.
Let us introduce you 10 best autumn-leaf viewing spots when you travel Kanto area:
Okunikko is situated in Tochigi prefecture, and is a wetland site designated by Ramsar Convention. Okunikko is popular as a hiking destination thus you can enjoy autumn-leaf viewing and hiking at the same time.
Irohazaka Winding Road (Tochigi)
Irohazaka winding road is situated in Tochigi prefecture, and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Japan. You will be able to see a great view of autumn leaves on various trees as you ascend the winding road. You can also enjoy driving on this route.
Terihakyo Gorge (Gunma)
Terihakyo Gorge in Minakami-cho, Tone gun, of Gunma prefecture is situated at the upstream of the Tone River. This is one of the best-kept secrets for viewing autumn leaves in Minakami-cho. The autumn leaves reflected on the river surface are stunningly beautiful.
Shibu Peak and Mount Kusatsu-Shirane (Nagano & Gunma)
The route traveling across the mountains from Shibu Peak to the Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunma prefecture is very popular among hikers. You can enjoy beautiful autumn-leaf viewing in this area as well. The area offers you the one-of-a-kind scenery that makes you feel as if you are in a fairy land.
Ryujinkyo Gorge (Ibaraki)
There is a bridge called Ryujin Suspension Bridge, the longest suspension bridge for pedestrians in Honshu Island, which extends for 375m (1230ft) at the height of 100m (328ft) in Ibaraki prefecture. You can enjoy the scenery of autumn leaves on the mountains surrounding the bridge while you are crossing it. The autumn leaves viewed from the bridge are splendid. They hold Ryujinkyo Momiji Matsuri (autumn leaf) festival in November.
Nagatoro in Saitama prefecture is tourist attraction famous for the Iwadatami rocks, which is designated as a natural treasure. The huge rocks towering on both shores offer the breathtaking view. You can experience river descent in Nagatoro area, which offers you a series of great sceneries. In the autumn, you can enjoy the view of beautiful autumn leaves as the mountains surrounding the river dress up in red and yellow in the autumn.
Yoro Keikoku Valley (Chiba)
Yoro Keikoku Valley which is located in Chiba prefecture is formed along the upper stream of the Yoro River. This area is popular as a hiking destination easily accessible from the metropolitan area as there are hiking route near the valley. Trees around the mountain change their color by surrounding the waterfalls in the autumn. You can enjoy autumn-leaf viewing and barbecuing at the same time along the shores of the stream.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (Kanagawa)
The shrine is popular as a power spot as an 800-1000 year-old huge gingko tree inside the shrine site had a sprouts from the part broken by the lightning. Although the cherry blossoms are nice, but the mysterious ambience created by the trees dressed in beautiful color in the autumn is nice as well.
Mt. Tanigawa (Gunma)
Mt. Tanigawa in Gunma prefecture is one of the 100 most beautiful mountains in Japan. Although the view from its peak is breathtaking, the view from the mountain ridge is recommended as well. You can enjoy trekking here while enjoying the contrasts between the rocky surface and autumn leaves.
Fukuroda Waterfalls (Ibaraki)
Fukuroda Waterfalls in Ibaraki prefecture is a highly popular tourist attraction which is selected as one of three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. The waterfalls is also known as Yondo no Taki (literally means a waterfalls flows in four steps/a waterfalls that you can enjoy four times a year), where you can enjoy the sceneries unique for each season. The autumn leaves in the autumn is particularly beautiful, and is famous as famous poet from the olden times, Saigyo has composed his poem there.
There are many autumn-leaf viewing spots offered by areas surrounding Kanto region as we have just shared above. We hope the information shared with you here will be helpful in deciding your autumn-leaf viewing trips.