Autumn – Off to see the beautiful fall colors

Yama-dera – Yamagata Prefecture

Yama-dera – Yamagata Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically from early to mid-October
Location Yama-dera, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Visitor information 365 days a year
Visiting time: 8:00 to 17:00
Admission: adults – 300 yen, junior high school students – 200 yen, children four and up – 100 yen
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Trip to Yamagata

Yamadera Tourism Association (in Japanese only)

Things to see in the area

Things to see

Yama-dera, known more properly as Hojusan Risshaku-ji Temple, belongs to the Tendai sect of Buddhism. At the front gate (Tozanguchi) rises a large building named Konpon Main Hall, which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. A wonderful place to enjoy the scenery of the passing seasons, Yama-dera provides truly breathtaking views in autumn. Nearby is Mount Omoshiro with a two-kilometer hiking trail recommended for its Momiji Stream Valley, where the babbling of the brook and autumn colors represent the pinnacle of Japan's beauty.

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Naruko Canyon – Miyagi Prefecture

Naruko Canyon – Miyagi Prefecture Photographs courtesy of the Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid-October to early November
Location Naruko Onsen Shitomae, Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture
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Miyagi Touring Navigation

Naruko Spa Tourist Association

Things to see in the area

Things to see

Naruko Canyon is a valley located on the Daiya Stream, a tributary of the Eiai (or Arao) River. Located here are the Naruko Hot Spring Villages, a cluster of five villages along the stream. When autumn comes, the 100-meter-tall cliffs that form a valley, over 100 meters wide, take on a color contrast among yellows, reds and greens that is a sight to see. The scenery from the Miharashidai lookout platform over the Ofukusawa-bashi Bridge and the valley it spans is one of the finest views in Narukokyo. Also, the trails along the valley are excellent for enjoying nature.

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Ouchi-juku – Fukushima Prefecture

Ouchi-juku – Fukushima Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically from late October to early November
Location Ouchi, Shimogo-machi, Minami Aizu-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
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Sights in Fukushima

Ouchi-juku Tourism Association

Things to see in the area

Things to see

Ouchi-juku flourished as a horse stop, or post town, along the Shimotsuke Kaido, a road that connected Aizuwakamatsu and Nikko Imaichi from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century. Efforts have been made to preserve the feel of the old-style buildings with their thatched roofs, and in 1981, the town was designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. In autumn, when the mountains are colored red and yellow, the atmosphere of the town makes you feel as though you've gone back in time to the Edo Period.

As of October 2017.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

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