Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (Top 10 Autumn Color Locations in Japan) Autumn in Japan is synonymous with beautiful scenes of orange-, yellow-, and red-colored leaves, also called "koyo" in Japanese. Just like the cherry blossom during spring time, the viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity for centuries, and today, attracts more and more travelers from around the world. Generally, the best time to view the colorful leaves is from mid September to early December. The autumn color front makes its way from the Island of Hokkaido in the North down to the south of Japan. Usually, autumn colors can be seen until early December in the regions of Tokyo and Kyoto. Planning to visit the most beautiful spots can be a bit of headache since there are so many across Japan. So, to make things a little easier, here are our top 10 autumn color spots in Japan. Number 10: Urabandai. The Urabandai area located north of Mount Bandai in Fukushima prefecture is beautiful all year long, but is most attractive during Autumn. Because of the wide range of elevations in the area, colorful leaves can usually be seen all throughout the month of October, and the walking trails in the area offer a good opportunity for exploration. We recommend the nearby Bandai Azuma Skyline for some breathtaking vistas. Number 9: Onuma Park. 20 kilometers North of Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido lies Onuma park. Its island-dotted lakes make it one of the best spots to visit during fall. There are many options to choose from when exploring the area. You can walk along the pleasant walking trails, rent a bicycle for the day to cycle around Lake Onuma, or you can also enjoy viewing the colorful leaves from sightseeing cruises. Number 8: Nikko. Only 2 hours north of Tokyo, the town of Nikko is famous for its many historic shrines and temples, and also offers many beautiful autumn color viewing spots, especially in the Okunikko region. We particularly recommend the forested shores around Lake Chuzenjiko, the view from Mount Hangetsuyama, visiting some of the waterfalls, the drive along the Irohazaka Winding Road, and exploring the boardwalks of the Senjogahara Marshland. One thing to keep in mind when planning a trip to Nikko is that during koyo season, large numbers of visitors come to see the fall colors, which can sometimes slow down traffic, both on the roads and at popular attractions. Number 7: the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route located in the Northern Alps of Japan offers spectacular vistas that can be navigated via multiple ways of transportation such as cable-car, trolley buses, and a ropeway. Due to the range of altitudes of the area, season colors can be enjoyed for a longer period of time, usually from late September to early November. Number 6: the Fuji Five Lakes region. From late October to mid November, the region north of Mount Fuji known as the Fuji Five Lakes region offers some of the best opportunities to view the majestic mountain framed by autumn colors. Around Lake Yamanakako, we recommend exploring the southern shore, especially Nagisa Park; the eastern shore, with its fiery-red bushes; and the nearby lookout point, Panorama Dai. Lake Kawaguchiko also has several popular spots on its north shore such as the Kawaguchiko North Coast Walking Trail, the Maple Corridor, the Momiji Tunnel, and of course, the Chureito Pagoda. Mount Fuji framed by fall leaves could be the most iconic picture to take during the trip. Number 5: Tokyo. You can enjoy various autumn colors in Tokyo's many parks and gardens from late November to early December. Amongst them, Rikugien is famous for being one of the nicest Japanese landscapes garden in the city. And its night illuminations during the peak of the season are not to be missed. The dozens of maple trees planted around Koishikawa Korakuen's ponds, which turn into vibrant shades of orange and red, also make for an especially nice viewing spot. Tokyo's official tree, the gingko, can be seen in all its glory with entire streets lined with gingko trees. The most famous one being Icho Namiki⏤Gingko Avenue⏤located in the Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. Number 4: Hachimantai. This mountainous region located in Akita and Iwate prefectures typically offers spectacular fall colors from early to late October. With the region being far removed from cities, it is home to some of the best rustic onsen in the country such as Nyuto, Tamagawa, and Goshogake Onsen. Nothing beats admiring autumn's colors while soaking in a hot spring bath. Number 3: Lake Towada and the Oirase Stream. Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake on Honshu, Japan's main island. The ferry rides across the lake allow visitors to admire the autumn colors from a different point of view. Another highlight is the picturesque Oirase Stream which flows out of the lake and down the Oirase Gorge, winding among colorful trees, which makes it one of the most beautiful spots from late October to early November to enjoy autumn in all of its beauty. Number 2: Daisetsuzan National Park. The first place in Japan to see the colorful leaves around mid September, Daisetsuzan is bigger than some of Japan's smaller prefectures and is Hokkaido's largest national park. Spectacular colors can be appreciated while hiking around Mount Asahidake, Ginsendai, or Kogen Onsen. The different elevations of the park allow visitors to enjoy theautumn colors for a longer period of time. Number 1: Kyoto. Last but not least, Japan's ancient capital holds the number 1 position in our top 10 recommended autumn color viewing spots. One of the most popular koyo places in the city is Tofukuji Temple. People come from all over the world to enjoy the colorful temple complex during autumn, with one of the main highlights being the Tsutenkyo Bridge which spans a valley of maple trees. The Arashiyama District also attracts visitors for its autumn colors, with Tenryuji Temple being ranked first among the city's 5 great Zen temples, and now registered as a world heritage site. During autumn, the temple grounds come alive and are a pleasant place to explore as the leaves change. If you're looking to enjoy autumn's beauty in a different light, several temples in the city offer night illuminations, such as Eikando Temple and the legendary Kiyomizudera. Of course, there are many more worthwhile koyo spots around the city such as Shinyodo, Enkoji, Nanzenji, and Kodaji, to name only a few. With such a large number of fall color viewing locations, practically anywhere you go in the city will be nice, making Kyoto our number one spot in the entire country during autumn. So, there you have it, our top 10 fall color locations in Japan. We hope that this video will help you plan your perfect autumn trip. More in-depth information on the autumn season can be found in the dedicated section of our website, including lists of the best autumn color spots depending on the area, and during the season, frequent reports from around the country. For more information or to watch another video, click the links on the screen now or head over to japan-guide.com, your comprehensive up-to-date travel guide first-hand from Japan. Thanks for watching, be sure to subscribe, and click the notification bell for more videos about Japan. Happy travels.