Autumn – Foliage Special Feature

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AutumnAutumn – Off to see the beautiful fall colors

Famous Locations in Northern Tohoku for autumn colors

Oirase StreamAomori Prefecture

Oirase Stream – Aomori Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid to late October
Location Okuse, Towada, Aomori Prefecture
Things to see in the area

Things to see

From Nenokuchi at Lake Towada to Yakeyama, a deep forest covers the watershed of Oirase Stream, some 14 kilometers long. The flow of the water undergoes innumerable transformations along its journey and the landscape is alive with a tingle of energy. Beginning around mid–October, the leaves of such trees as the katsura, Japanese horse chestnut and Japanese beech turn yellow, while matsumurae, Acer micranthum and other maple varieties paint the entire valley in brilliant colors.

Passes we recommend to get to this spot

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

JR Rail Pass for East Japan and Hokkaido

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Chuson-ji TempleHiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture

Chuson-ji Temple – Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture © Photograph courtesy of Chuson-ji Temple

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid-October to mid-November
Location Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishi Iwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture
Visitor Information 365 days a year
Visiting times:
Until November 3, 8:30 to 17:00, November 4 to end February: 8:30 to 16:30
Admission:
Adults: 800 yen
Students:
high school: 500 yen, junior high: 300 yen, elementary: 200 yen
Things to see in the area

Things to see

Registered as a World Heritage Site in June 2011, Chuson-ji Temple is a treasure trove whose collection includes more than 3,000 pieces of art in the Golden Hall and many other pieces from the Heian period that are unique to Eastern Japan and are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. In autumn, the natural red and yellow colors fill the temple compound, and seem to compete with the temples and accompanying buildings – which are wonderful examples of Buddhist culture – to provide the most beautiful views.

Passes we recommend to get to this spot

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

JR Rail Pass for East Japan and Hokkaido

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Lake TazawaAkita Prefecture

Lake Tazawa – Akita Prefecture

Typical viewing dates Typically from mid-October to early November
Location Lake Tazawa, Semboku, Akita Prefecture
Things to see in the area

Things to see

Boasting a depth of 423.4 meters, beautiful Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan and is circular, about 20 kilometers in circumference. In any season of the year, the views are filled with a mysterious atmosphere, and in fall, visitors particularly enjoy the spectacular contrast of the azure color of the lake and the reflection of the leaves, so brilliant they appear to be on fire. Nearby attractions include Nyuto Hot Springs Village, and Tamagawa Hot Spring, known for its strongly acidic water.

Passes we recommend to get to this spot

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

JR Rail Pass for East Japan and Hokkaido

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As of October 2018.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.