Autumn – Off to see the beautiful fall colors

Yuzawa-Kogen – Niigata Prefecture

Yuzawa-Kogen – Niigata Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically late October
Location 490 Oaza yuzawa, Yuzawa-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata Prefecture
Ropeway operating dates and times Until Sunday, November 20, 2016
8:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Round-trip fare: Adults: 1,800 yen, children: 900 yen
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Enjoy Niigata

Yuzawa-Kogen

Things to see in the area

Things to see

Get off the Joetsu Shinkansen and walk to the ropeway, about eight minutes. Yuzawa-Kogen is a great place to enjoy the autumn trees. The village is located at the mountaintop, accessible by the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway, and is an excellent location to take a stroll and enjoy the mountains filled with autumnal colors and the autumn nature of the highlands. From Sancho Station, look out over the beautiful scenery, try out a restaurant or take a hands-on ceramics lesson.

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Karuizawa – Nagano Prefecture

Karuizawa – Nagano Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid-October to early November
Location Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture
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Go! Nagano

Karuizawa Tourist Association

Things to see in the area

Things to see

About 70 minutes from Tokyo on the Nagano Shinkansen, Karuizawa is a popular highland location for people to come to escape the summer heat and to enjoy the beauty of autumn. Among the many places to gaze at the autumn colors are the former Mikasa Hotel, an Important Cultural Property of Japan, surrounded by beautiful contrasting colors as well as Kumoba Pond – nicknamed Swan Lake – wherein the trees reflect their beauty, and the autumn trees at Shiraito (White Thread) Falls, named for the endless strands of white water that cascade down.

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Lake Kawaguchi – Yamanashi Prefecture

Lake Kawaguchi – Yamanashi Prefecture
Photograph courtesy of Yamanashi Prefecture Tourist Association

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid-October to mid-November
Location Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Links

Fujikawaguchiko Sightseeing information site

Yamanashi – Home of Mount Fuji – Sightseeing Website

Things to see in the area

Things to see

More than anything, the greatest attraction of the autumn scenery at Lake Kawaguchi is the great Mount Fuji rising up in the background. Between 400 and 500 maples are planted along the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, and the lake reflecting their beauty during the peak of the season is a sight to behold. During the autumn foliage season, come to enjoy the Fuji Kawaguchiko Koyo Festival. Among the attractions is the Maple Corridor on the Kawaguchiko Art Museum street. When the corridor is lighted up at night, it is so beautiful, it's like an illusion. Also spectacular are the autumn trees at Aoigahara Jukai.

As of September 2016.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

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