I think that Japanese autumn deserves special recognition, the Japanese fall leaves that color the skyline are some of the most gorgeous that I have ever seen in my whole life. The heavy rains that hit Japan during typhoon season really make for some bright yellow, red, and orange leaves in autumn.
Enkoji Temple is not usually listed in popular tourist guides, which makes it all the more alluring. Yet, it can be found in some of the top autumn attraction rankings of Kyoto, and perfectly captures the refined balance of a garden park, viewing hall, art display, bamboo grove, and mountain hike.
You can avoid the long waits outside temple entrances and bus stops by avoiding the guidebook-recommended spots, such as Kiyomizu-dera, Nanzenji, Heian Shrine or Arashiyama. Indeed, these gorgeous sites reveal Kyoto’s most treasured maple views; yet, there are other 1,600 and more temples and shrines in Kyoto that likewise exude charming beauty in their simplicity, solace, and natural landscapes.
Viewing the reds and oranges of Japanese autumnal foliage on a crisp and clear day is unbeatable. Only one thing makes it better - when it's at night. First things first: where is Shinrin Koen? It lies almost exactly in the center of Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. The nearest train station is “Shinrin Koen” (森林公園), about 1 hour from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo Line.
This year the Lake Kawaguchi Autumn Festival runs from 1 – 23 November. Lake Kawaguchi, situated in Yamanashi west of Tokyo, is one of the best spots for viewing autumn leaves as the majestic Mt. Fuji acts as a stunning backdrop for the fall colors.
Tohoku’s mountains are ablaze with autumn color earlier than the Kansai or Kanto regions, giving hikers and “leaf peepers” a perfect jump on the season.
It's rare to find historical sites in Japan that haven't been reconstructed several times, much less ones that were built in 1160. Nestled away in a quiet suburban area of Fukushima's Iwaki City is Shiramizu Amida Temple, a simple wooden hall surrounded by carefully designed gardens and ponds. Beautiful in every season, the temple really shines in late autumn.
Japanese look forward to the changing colors of autumn leaves with arguably the same admiration as they do cherry blossom each year with each region presenting its own festivals and event celebrating season. Musashi Kyūryō National Government Park, more commonly referred to as Shinrin Kōen, in Saitama prefecture is one of those, presenting a breathtaking night illumination and story of the forest.
Gifu Prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan is a fantastic place to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in fall. Gifu is lucky to be surrounded by mountains, which means it has a wealth of destinations that are famous for their beautiful autumn foliage.