Best Autumn Destinations In Japan

Here're best Autumn Destinations in Japan. We released a ranking of reviews about Autumn Destinations posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Japan.

Autumn Color Spots

Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Top Review:Kiyomizu-dera, Popular Spot for Autumn Leaves in Kyoto, Is In Full Bloom

Kiyomizu Temple in Kiyomizu, Kyoto. Speaking of the famous spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto, the place where the name always comes up. The day I visited was a weekend, and although there were many people, the site itself was large, so the flow of people was surprisingly smooth. The autumn leaves that decorate the stage of Kiyomizu and the area around the three-storied pagoda are so beautiful that it is a masterpiece. Illumination at night that is being held until 11/30. Also recommended because you can enjoy a different atmosphere from the daytime.

Review Ranking

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Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Top Review:A Blue Light Going Through The Sky

Kiyomizu Temple, an unmissable spot for sightseeing in Kyoto. During the special honor of visiting held three times in a year, the blue light goes through the sky in Kyoto. This light, they says, expresses the mercy of Kwannon.

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Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Keage Station. 25 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Eikando, then 10 min walk.

Top Review:A Spectacular View of Autumn Leaves Like Painting Cut Out on Window Frame

I visited Nanzenji Temple, a popular spot for autumn leaves, and Tenju-an Temple, which has two beautiful gardens, in kimono. The autumn leaves in the eastern garden were in full bloom, and it was a magnificent view that you could see forever while sitting on the porch. Another wonderful view that sighs is the autumn leaves in the south garden, which looks like a painting, cut out by the window frame of the Shoin. When I raised my face to buy a ticket at the entrance, I jumped into my eyes first and was fascinated.

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Address:48 Eikando-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keage Station. By bus, 25 min from Kyoto Station or 10 min from Sanjo-keihan Station to Nanzanji Eikando. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-761-0007

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Autumn In Kyoto. Must Visit 'Japanese Scarlet Maple Leaves Of Eikando'

Japanese maple tree is called 'momiji'. In Kyoto, Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple is well known for its scarlet 'momiji'. You can have a feeling that impressive red and yellow fill up all of your sight.

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Address:55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Yase Hieizan-guchi Station, 5 min walk from Yase Station. By bus, 50 min from Kyoto Station to Yase Station, then 7 min walk.

Tel:075-781-4001

Top Review:Beautiful Reflections Of Autumn Leaves On Desk & Floor

Ruriko-in Temple is located at Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. It has 'Special Visiting' in the season of autumn colors. There're many thing s to see such as fall foliage and a tasteful Japanese garden.◎I took this pics in 2017. During the term of 'Special Visiting', it's get so crowded with tourists that please enjoy beautiful scenery with good manners.

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Okuni Shrine

7 Review

Address:3956-1 Ichimiya Morimachi, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka

Access:10 min by taxi from To'otomi Ichimiya Station. Bus service, for only Sundays and stated days, from To'otomi Ichimiya Station. By car, 50 min from Hamamatsu city, or 60 min from Shizuoka city. Free parking area is available.

Top Review:The Fantastic Scenery Enchanted By Autumn Colors & Ray Of Light

Okuni Shrine is a famous spot to see autumn colors in Shizuoka. Its highlight is the ray of light falling to the bridge. It appears at 8:30 in the morning. Many people come and fill up the place to take pictures, so it's better for you to go earlier than the morning sun rises!

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Address:3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo

Access:10 min walk from Tachikawa Station. By car or taxi, 75 min from Shinagawa Station, or 90 min from Haneda Airport.

Tel:042-528-1751

Hours:9:30-17:00

Top Review:Beautiful Attractions Throughout Autumn At A Largest Park In Tokyo

Showa Kinen Park is located in Tokyo though, it's far larger than Disney Land! In autumn, we can enjoy autumn blessing so much, such as cosmos blooming on a hill and fall foliage at a Japanese garden. ◎You can walk from Tachikawa Station, but Cosmos Hill and Japanese Garden is toll area far from Tachikawa Station. It's better for you to take a bus from Tachikawa Station to Showa Kinen Park Sunagawa Gate.

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Address:526 Shimo-Kawaramachi Kodaiji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. 20 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 7 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-561-9966

Hours:9:00-17:30

Top Review:Fantastic Illuminations

Koudai-ji Temple's autumn illuminations. Red colored leaves reflected on Garyochi pond is like an art. Koudai-ji Temple was built by Nene, a wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, to repose of his soul. In the precincts, there is a Japanese tea room that is famous in connection with Sen no Rikyu.

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Address:36 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-861-0091

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Open Only In Spring & Autumn! Beautiful Lighting For Autumn Foliage

The autumn foliage of Arashiyama. Hogon-in Temple is usually closed, but it admits you to the garden only in spring and autumn. The autumn colored trees are lightened up at night and show us the different scenes from daytime.

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Address:Sawa Makino-cho, Takashima-shi, Shiga

Access:6 min by bus from JR Makino Station to Makino Pic Land, then it's located just near. By car, 65 min from Otsu city, 90 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area in Makino Pic Land is available.

Top Review:Beautiful Orange Tree-Lined Road

A row of metasequoia trees with a superb view that represents Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture. Autumn leaves are especially popular and many people and cars come, but the 2.4km tree-lined road dyed in orange is a photogenic view that you want to see at least once.

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Address:Sengokuhara Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access:30 min by bus from Hakone Yumoto Station to Sengoku Kogen.

Top Review:A World Of Gold Shining Pampas Grass

Sengokuhara Susuki Prairie has a long season of pampas grass so we can enjoy seeing the gradation of ear changing its color. The pampas grass was shining beautifully in the sunlight.◎The beast season to see is from late September to middle November.

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Address:Nakada Kimino-cho, Kaiso-gun, Wakayama

Access:60 min by car or taxi from Wakayama Station

Top Review:Beautiful! Pampas Grass Shining In The Light Of Sunset

Very large highlands of pampas grass spreading to 360 degrees as far as the eye can see. They shine gold beautifully in the light of evening sun. You can enjoy taking picturesque portraits, too.

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Address:81-8 Iwaya-cho, Seto-shi, Aichi

Access:By car or taxi, 20 min by Owari Seto Station, or 50 min from Nagoya Station.

Top Review:Iwaya-do Shrine & Autumn Leaves Reflected On The River Surface

From November 10th to 18th, we can enjoy illuminations here. There're beautiful nature, such as Iwaya-do Shrine made up by a natural huge stone, and some waterfalls. They're illuminated and reflected beautifully on the river surface.

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Sogi Park

5 Review

Address:Sogi-cho, Toki-shi, Gifu

Access:By car or taxi, 20 min from Mizunami Station, 80 min from Gifu Station.

Top Review:Impressive Autumn Color Reflections Like A Mirror World

You can see lively three colors of autumn leaves in the daytime, but, you must see the night light-up when you visit Sogi Park! There're eight ponds in the park, and each of them has different scenery of upside-down maple trees. Specialty, many people got together at the pond just near the entrance.◎Light-up from November 9th to 18th in 2018. Some time periods prohibit the use of tripod, so please have good manners and enjoy taking pictures.

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Address:1-20-16 Risturin-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Access:3min walk from JR Ritsurin Koen North Station, 10min walk from Kotoden Ritsurin Koen Station. 3min walk from JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station. The nearest bus stop is Ritsurin Koen Mae. By car, 30min from Takamatsu Airport, 15min from Takamatsu Chu'ou IC.

Tel:087-833-7411

Hours:7:00-17:00,5:30-19:00

Top Review:Fantastic Nights Of Three Michelin-starred Garden Enveloped In Red Leaves

Ritsurin Garden's autumn illumination is one of the events that I recommend to visit every year. It's near the central of the city and has an easy access from both Takamatsu Station and airport. This illumination is held for limited 10 days, 11/19-11/28 in 2016!

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Address:68 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-881-1235

Hours:8:30-17:30

Top Review:Look Inside Of Yourself And Make Strong Mind At A Stone Garden Of Kyoto's Zen Temple

In the cool air of the early morning in late autumn. Can you find the beauty of the natural garden and how you should be? It's not bad to look for something 'lovely', but let's stretch your back at a simple place once in a while.◎A famous picture of Daruma and a ceiling picture of Dragon are also interesting. Visiting in early morning, you can see them without congestion.

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Address:168 Otsu Kankakedori Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa, Shozu-gun, Kagawa

Top Review:Kagawa's Proud Scenery! Autumn Colored Kankakei; One Of The Most Beautiful Gorges In Japan

Kagawa's best autumn scenery, Kankakei Gorge. The beautiful and impressive view can be seen from the observatory as high as the top of Tokyo Sky Tree. Takatori Observatory offers the superb view!

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Address:605−4 Onuma-aza Mawatari, Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki

Access:Bus: 29min from JR Katsuta Station, or 10min from Ajigaura Station. Get off at 'Kaihin Koen Nishiguchi'. Car: get off the speedway at Hitachi Kaihin Koen IC.

Tel:029-265-9001

Hours:9:30-17:00

Top Review:Coming Soon! Let's Go to See the No.1 Carnival of Autumn Colored Kochia in the World

Twilight is the best time to see the red colored kochia, bassia scoparia. It was a little cloudy when I took the photos but this year, the bright red sky after sundown and kochia will be seen together! Can't wait!

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Address:125-2 Komahongo, Hidaka-shi, Saitama

Access:15 min walk, from Korai Station

Tel:042-982-0268

Top Review:5 Million Cluster Amaryllis Blooming Like Burning

At Kinchakuda in Hidaka city, the best place of gregarious cluster amaryllis in Japan. Every year in autumn, they blooms all together to wrap the whole surface with a burning red. The mysterious but beautiful scenery attracts people strongly.

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Address:122 Yu Nata-machi, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa

Tel:0761-65-2111

Hours:8:30-16:45

Top Review:Surprising Nature! Kigan Yusenkyou, The Site Of Ancient Submarine Eruptions

Started in 717, with a history of 1300 years, Nata-dera Temple has some nationally designated important cultural properties. And this wonderful view around 'Kigan Yusenkyou (strangely shaped rocks and a gorge a wizard living) was read in Matsuo Basho's haiku 'ishiyama no, ishi yori shiroshi, aki no kaze.' (Whiter than rocks of a rock mountain, an autumn wind)

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Address:2-5 Atsuta Nishi-machi Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Tel:052-681-8928

Hours:9:00-17:00

Closed:Mon

Top Review:Illuminated Autumn Leaves At The Biggest Japanese Garden In The Chubu Region

Autumn foliage viewing in the city. A spacious and calm scene weaved by Japanese style structures and maple leaves. The reflected autumn colors on the water surface are also beautiful.

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Address:24 Saga Kitabori-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. 3 min walk from Araden Rokuouin Station. By bus, 40 min from Kyoto Station to Shimo Saga, then 3 min walk. By car or taxi, 30 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-861-1645

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Since The Autumn In 2016! Autumn Colored Tunnel Shining Brightly

Limited for only 100 people to enter, the night special visiting was held for the first time in 2016. A tunnel of fall foliage worth seeing even in the daytime becomes indescribably beautiful by the illuminations at night. I want this special visiting to be held in and after 2017.

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Address:327 Aida Tanto-cho Toyooka-shi, Toyoka-shi, Hyogo

Tel:0796-54-0435

Hours:8:00-19:00

Top Review:Bursting Into Flames! Lighted Up Red Japanese Enkianthus

At Ankoku-ji Shrine is become crowded with people seeing the Japanese enkianthus trees in best season. The scenery cut out over the veranda is bright red like flames and overwhelm us sitting in front of that.

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Address:Kamiuchinami, Ono-shi, Fukui

Access:90 min by car from Fukui Station.

Top Review:Trekking And Taking Pictures At Beautiful Autumn Colored Pond

We can aim for the beautiful reflection on Karikomi Pond in the early morning. The lively autumn colors around the pond, and winter mountain presence above it. Though it needs a little walk, you can enjoy both beautiful water-mirror and change of seasons at this photogenic pond!◎50 min trekking is required from the parking area. The roadway is narrow and there're some cars parking on the roadsides, so driving beginners should use taxi.

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Address:Arashiyama Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Top Review:With The Early Morning's Cool Air! The One & Only Beautiful Scene

In the cool air of the autumn early morning, walking on the bridge shining gold by the sun makes you feel going to the moon just like the bridge name. I think morning may be the best time for Kyoto's history.◎This place became the stage of many works such as 'The Makioka Sisters' by Jyunichiro Tanizaki, and a samurai drama 'Mortal Shigotonin'. There're a few people and it's easy to take pictures in the early morning.

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Kansai

Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Top Review:A Blue Light Going Through The Sky

Kiyomizu Temple, an unmissable spot for sightseeing in Kyoto. During the special honor of visiting held three times in a year, the blue light goes through the sky in Kyoto. This light, they says, expresses the mercy of Kwannon.

Chugoku

Address:1 Iwakuni, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi

Tel:0827-29-5107 

Hours:8:00-17:00

Top Review:Kintai-kyo Bridge Changes Into Profound Appearance By The Gentle Lights Of Bonfires

At Iwaguni of Yamaguchi pref, Kintai-kyo Bridge is a fine wooden architecture and a popular tourist attraction. At the event held in autumn, they make bonfires by the bridge. The flickering flames and the Kintai-kyo Bridge produce the fantastic scene.

Shikoku

Address:1-20-16 Risturin-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Access:3min walk from JR Ritsurin Koen North Station, 10min walk from Kotoden Ritsurin Koen Station. 3min walk from JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station. The nearest bus stop is Ritsurin Koen Mae. By car, 30min from Takamatsu Airport, 15min from Takamatsu Chu'ou IC.

Tel:087-833-7411

Hours:7:00-17:00,5:30-19:00

Top Review:Fantastic Nights Of Three Michelin-starred Garden Enveloped In Red Leaves

Ritsurin Garden's autumn illumination is one of the events that I recommend to visit every year. It's near the central of the city and has an easy access from both Takamatsu Station and airport. This illumination is held for limited 10 days, 11/19-11/28 in 2016!

Kyushu・Okinawa

Address:Kase River Side, Ogino Kase-cho, Saga-shi, Saga

Access:20 min walk from JR Saga Balloon Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Saga Station, 30 min from Saga Airport.

Top Review:The Biggest Sky Sport Festival In Asia!

Around 100 colorful hot air balloons starting to expand at the dry riverbed in the morning glow. Then, they rise to the autumn sky above the Saga Plain. Its scenery is very impressive!

Hokkaido・Tohoku

Naruko Gorge

1 Review

Address:Naruko Onsen, Osaki-shi, Miyagi

Access:By car or taxi, 10 min from JR Naruko Onsen Station, 90 min from Sendai Airport, or 80 min from Sendai Station.

Top Review:The Colorful Autumn Mountain Enjoyable From Both Railroads & Cars

Naruko Gorge has wonderful autumn colors covering over its high cliff! Red, yellow, orange and various colors are all beautiful. What's more, we can see this scenery from both cars and railroads on the bridge, and even enjoy walking around from the parking area.◎Parking area is available. For railways, it's a little away from Naruko Onsen Station, but you can enjoy scenery from the window of slow railway. I took the second pic at a tour railway Resort Minori.

Kanto

Address:3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo

Access:10 min walk from Tachikawa Station. By car or taxi, 75 min from Shinagawa Station, or 90 min from Haneda Airport.

Tel:042-528-1751

Hours:9:30-17:00

Top Review:Beautiful Attractions Throughout Autumn At A Largest Park In Tokyo

Showa Kinen Park is located in Tokyo though, it's far larger than Disney Land! In autumn, we can enjoy autumn blessing so much, such as cosmos blooming on a hill and fall foliage at a Japanese garden. ◎You can walk from Tachikawa Station, but Cosmos Hill and Japanese Garden is toll area far from Tachikawa Station. It's better for you to take a bus from Tachikawa Station to Showa Kinen Park Sunagawa Gate.

Tokai

Okuni Shrine

7 Review

Address:3956-1 Ichimiya Morimachi, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka

Access:10 min by taxi from To'otomi Ichimiya Station. Bus service, for only Sundays and stated days, from To'otomi Ichimiya Station. By car, 50 min from Hamamatsu city, or 60 min from Shizuoka city. Free parking area is available.

Top Review:The Fantastic Scenery Enchanted By Autumn Colors & Ray Of Light

Okuni Shrine is a famous spot to see autumn colors in Shizuoka. Its highlight is the ray of light falling to the bridge. It appears at 8:30 in the morning. Many people come and fill up the place to take pictures, so it's better for you to go earlier than the morning sun rises!

Koshinetsu

Karasawa Kar

2 Review

Address:4469-1 Azumi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano

Top Review:Autumn Foliage Of Karasawa Kar You Can See For Only A Few Days In A Year

Karasawa Kar located on 2300m spot of Japan Northern Alps. The best season for the autumn foliage would be only a few days, and considering the mountain weather, it's very rare period! The beautiful scenery of colored magnificent rock surfaces is the real pleasure for autumn climbing, isn't it?

Hokuriku

Address:122 Yu Nata-machi, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa

Tel:0761-65-2111

Hours:8:30-16:45

Top Review:Surprising Nature! Kigan Yusenkyou, The Site Of Ancient Submarine Eruptions

Started in 717, with a history of 1300 years, Nata-dera Temple has some nationally designated important cultural properties. And this wonderful view around 'Kigan Yusenkyou (strangely shaped rocks and a gorge a wizard living) was read in Matsuo Basho's haiku 'ishiyama no, ishi yori shiroshi, aki no kaze.' (Whiter than rocks of a rock mountain, an autumn wind)

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