We have put together a feature on great spots for autumn color viewing to visit that typify the Eastern Japan area.
As autumn deepens and nighttime temperatures drop, the leaves of the forests turn many different colors. Some change to red, others to yellow, and still others to brown. Of special note is the beauty of the maple. Its brilliant colors will capture your heart.
Each year, the trees begin to turn first in the north, and the colors gradually work their way south. In Eastern Japan, the best dates for viewing the tree colors are generally from early October until mid-December.
Here you will find a great collection of locations to visit in Eastern Japan for autumn color viewing. Check out the individual pages for detailed information on how to get there and what to look for.
Note: Peak viewing dates vary somewhat according to the local weather conditions.
Approx. 90 min. from Hachinohe Sta. on the JR bus bound for Lake Towada. Get off at Yakeyama.
Approx. 15 min. from Tazawako Sta. on the Ugokotsu Tazawako loop bus. Get off at Tazawa Kohan.
Chuson-ji Temple© Photograph courtesy of Chuson-ji Temple
Approx. 25 min. walk from Hiraizumi Sta. Alternatively, approx. 10 min. on the Iwatekenkotsu bus. Get off at Chuson-ji.
Approx. 10 min. walk from Yamadera Sta.
Naruko Canyon © Photograph courtesy of the Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division
Approx. 10 min. taxi ride from Naruko-Onsen Sta.
Approx. 20 min. taxi ride from Yunokami Onsen Sta.
Approx. 10 min. walk from Echigo-Yuzawa Sta.
Approx. one min. walk from Yahiko Sta.
Short walk from Karuizawa Sta.
Kamikochi © アルプス観光協会
Local bus or taxi from Shinshimashima Sta. to Kamikochi
Lake Kawaguchi© Photograph courtesy of Yamanashi Prefecture Tourist Association
Approx. 10 min. walk from Kawaguchiko Sta.
Short walk from Nikko Sta.
Approx. two min. walk from Ueno Sta.
Approx. 15 min. bus ride from Okutama Sta.
Approx. one min. walk from Mitake Sta. to Mitake Gorge, and approx. 10 min. bus ride from Mitake Sta. to Mt. Mitake
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Approx. 10 min. walk from Kamakura Sta.
As of October 2018.