Fukuoka has many famous mountains and gorges, and each of them offers great beauty in all seasons. Here are some autumn-leaf viewing spots that you shouldn't miss if you're planning to visit Fukuoka during the fall season.
Photo by Szabolcs Arany on FlickrKomyozen-ji Temple is located in Dazaifu, at the very end of the approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Although the temple is also known by the name of “Koke-dera” (temple of moss), it has beautiful autumn leaves and rhododendron flowers. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is from mid to late November.
Raizan Sennyoji Daihio-in Temple
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The Raizan Sennyoji Daihio-in Temple in Itoshima is an old temple found on the midpoint of Mount Raizan. Among the many Buddhist statues that can be found at this temple, Senju Kannon (“1,000-Armed Standing Kannon”) is designated as a national important cultural asset.
The foliage on the 400-year-old maple tree is also not to be missed. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is from the end of October to mid-November.
Photo: http://travel.nifty.comFujie’s Gyorakuen, a nationally designated scenic garden, offers a beautiful scenery created by the contrast between the green moss-covered rocks and the red autumn leaves.
Wax Tree Road of Yanagisakasone
Photo: gtknj on flickrThe wax tree road of Yanagisakasone in Kurume is a popular autumn-leaf viewing spot, and features a 1.1 km long avenue of approximately 200 wax trees. Designated as a natural monument by Fukuoka Prefecture, it is one of the must-see autumn-leaf viewing spots. The best time for autumn-leaf viewing is at the end of November.
Kamado Jinja Shrine
Photo: yuki5287 on flickrThe Kamado Jinja shrine is located on Mount Homanzan, which people have been worshipping as a mountain where gods reside. The autumn leaves are concentrated around the steps leading to the shrine, and the color gradation is very beautiful. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is in mid-November.
Akizuki Castle Ruins Area
Photo: http://blogs.c.yimg.jpThe Akizuki Castle ruins area in Asakura-shi is a castle town referred to as “small Kyoto in Chikuzen”. There are approximately 20 maple trees around the black gate, and they create a beautiful contrast with the gate on the background when they change color in autumn. This is a very popular shooting spot for photographers. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is in late November.
Kiyomizu-dera Honbo Garden
Photo: http://pds.exblog.jpThe Kiyomizu-dera Honbo Garden in Miyama-shi is a nationally designated scenic site. The garden offers different landscapes from one season to another, including the beautiful Japanese maple trees in fall. The best time for autumn-leaf viewing is from the end of November to the beginning of December.
Photo: http://blogimg.goo.ne.jpFukakura Gorge is located to the southwest of the foot of Mount Shojigatake, which is also considered a hidden retreat of Mount Hiko. The natural formation with oddly-shaped rocks and gradation of autumn leaves creates a very beautiful landscape. The best autumn-leaf viewing time is from the end of October to the beginning of November.
Shiranoe Botanical Gardens
Photo: http://blogimg.goo.ne.jpIn Shiranoe Botanical Gardens in Kitakyushu, you can enjoy some spectacular maple trees turning red in the autumn. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is from the end of November to the beginning of December.
Photo: http://blogs.c.yimg.jpMount Sangun is located in Umi-machi, Kasuya-gun, and is part of the Dazaifu Prefectural Natural Park, which is a popular destination for hiking. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is from early to mid-November.
Kawachi Fuji-en (Wisteria Garden)
Photo: http://pds.exblog.jpThis large park in Kitakyushu is known for its wisteria tunnel. The garden is only open to the public for the wisteria season in spring and autumn-leaf season in fall. The impressive scenery of 700 maple trees is various shades of orange and red is worth a visit. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is from mid-November to the beginning of December.
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