Autumn Illuminations Arrive at Rinno-ji Temple’s Shoyo-en Japanese Garden in Nikko

27.October.2018 | SPOT

Rinno-ji Temple in Nikko is a recognised World Heritage Site that is home to the Shoyo-en, a Japanese-style garden famous for its autumn-time leaves. An all-new annual light-up event began running at the garden on October 25.

 

Shoyo-en was built in the early years of the Edo period as a garden for the head priest of Rinno-ji, a temple with a history spanning over 1250 years. Construction was completed during the Kan’ei period, but it has undergone numerous renovations and as a result has become famous as a garden where you can see changes across the whole Edo Period. It houses many species of tree including various types of Japanese maple.

An event commemorating the completion of the Tayuin, the mausoleum of Ieyasu, will also take place during the running of the illuminations.

 

Use this opportunity to visit a famous spot in Japan during autumn.

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  • 7 Best Spots to See Japan’s Autumn Colours in Tokyo

    22.October.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan is getting deep into autumn – the season for autumn foliage, called kouyou in Japanese, is getting closer. Tokyo is known for its bright lights and metropolitan lifestyle, but did you know that there’s in fact a lot of places to enjoy the autumn colours in the capital?

     

    We’ve compiled a list of great spots to visit this autumn that are accessible from the heart of Tokyo.

     

    Mount Takao (Peak Foliage: Mid November – Late November)

    Mount Takao is a nature haven about an hour’s train journey from central Tokyo. Surrounding the mountain are about 1,200 species of plant and 100 types of wild bird. Its autumn-time maple trees are exceptional. The view of autumn leaves from the mountain peak as well at the Yakuo-in Buddhist temple, Kiyotaki Cable Car Station, Takaosan Station and elsewhere please the eyes of countless mountain climbers over a one month period. Additionally, special “Mt. Takao” trains will run from Takaosanguchi Station to Shinjuku Station on weekends and holidays throughout November from 3pm. These carriages are reservation-only and offer a beautiful view for those returning to the city centre.

     

    ■Information

    Mount Takao

    Location: Hachioji, Tokyo

    Access: Board the Keio Takao Line, change at Takaosanguchi Station and walk 5-minutes from the cable car entrance

    TEL: 042-620-7378

    Website: https://www.hkc.or.jp

     

    Rikugien Garden (Peak Foliage: Mid November – Early December)

    Rikugien Garden is a typical garden of the Edo Period boasting around 400 maple trees as well as Japanese wax trees, maidenhairs and more all of which bring vivid life to the garden. It’s also home to a pond and 35 meter high ‘mountain’ where people can stroll along and enjoy autumn’s kaleidoscope of colours. Illuminations are also set to be held from Novmember 17 to December 9 which will light up the trees and rest of the garden, so don’t miss out.

     

    ■Information

    Rikugien Garden

    Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 7-minutes on foot from Komagome Station via the JR Lines

    TEL: 03-3941-2222

    Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

    Hibiya Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Hibiya Park first opened in 1903 during the Meiji Period. During autumn, the leaves of the maidenhair trees colour the the S-shaped garden path a golden yellow. The park’s Shinkei Pond is home to a water fountain made in the image of the crane which is the third oldest water fountain in Japan. Tokyo is a busy and bustling city, but Hibiya Park is an oasis out of that where the captivating colours of maple trees and more excite your eyes.

     

    ■Information

    Hibiya Park

    Address: 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Kasumigaseki Station and Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro / 8-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR

    TEL: 03-3501-6428

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index037.html

     

    Shiba Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Shiba Park has a long history and was first designated a park in 1873 along with those in Ueno, Asakusa, Fukugawa and Asukayama. The bright colours of the maidenhair trees in the promenade that arrive from late November and bloom until early December look out on Tokyo Tower which is an overwhelming sight to see.

     

    ■Information

    Shiba Park

    Address: 4-10-17 Shiba Park, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 12-minutes on foot from Hamamatsucho Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Shibakoen Station via Toei Subwa

    TEL: 03-3431-4359

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index001.html

     

    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park (Late November – Early December)

    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park is famous for its maidenhair trees that span a 300 meter distance. It’s one of the city’s representative autumn-time spots for seeing yellow leaves. There are 146 maidenhairs that line both sides of the path that create a truly golden road. If you gaze from Aoyama Dori Road it’s like staring into a beautiful picture book.

     

    ■Information

    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park

    Address: 2-1 Kita Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo (Maidenhair Path) / 2-3 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Aoyama-itchōme Station or Gaiemmae Station via Tokyo Metro / 10-minutes on foot from Shinanomachi Station or Sendagaya Station via JR

    TEL: 03-3401-0312

    Website: http://www.meijijingugaien.jp

     

    Yoyogi Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Yoyogi Park is home to 6 types of broad-leaved trees including 1,000 Japanese zelkovas, 260 maidenhairs, 100 maples and more. It is one of the main parks to visit in Tokyo during autumn where you can stroll and see the colours unfold before you. It has an open space, water fountain and even benches making for a great day out where you can kick back and relax. It’s a great place to stroll to after shopping in Harajuku as it’s located right next to Harajuku Station. But if you get lost then come and see us in the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center and we’ll point you in the right direction.

     

    ■Information

    Yoyogi Park

    Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 3-minutes on foot from Yoyogi-koen Station via Tokyo Metro

    TEL: 03-3469-6081

    Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index039.html

     

    When in Japan during the fall season, make sure to enjoy it to the absolute fullest!

  • Komoro Castle Kaikoen Autumn Leaves Festival Begins on October 20

    17.October.2018 | SPOT

    The city of Komoro in Nagano Prefecture is just an hour-and-a-half from Tokyo by train. The Komoro Castle Ruins, known today as Kaikoen, is a famous tourist location in Komoro, and it’s here that the Kaikoen Momiji Matsuri (Kaikoen Autumn Leaves Festival) will take place from October 20 to November 18.

    The autumn leaves in Komoro arrive earlier than in Tokyo. They also cover a wide distance from an elevation of 600m up to 2,000m and are enjoyed for staying around for a long period of time.

    The ruins of Komoro Castle are the representative and most famous tourist hot spot of the city. From the end of October to the end of November, the area gives rise to a whole range of colourful leaves including maple, maidenhair, Japanese zelkova and more. The castle itself was selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous and its gardens as one of the 100 historical parks of the country. It’s also famous as Japan’s only ana-jō, a castle which is located in a place lower than the jōkamachi which is the urban area that surrounds a feudal lord’s castle.

     

    If you’re arriving by car from Tokyo it will take two-and-a-half hours and if by train one-and-a-half. It’s also a 30-minute drive from Karuizawa. During the autumn season the city of Komoro bustles with tourists from both Nagano Prefecture and other prefectures.

    But it’s not just at Kaikoen where autumn arrives in October and November. All places around Komoro gleam with autumnal reds and yellows. Amongst the trees are the Japanese larches is which colour the mountains golden and breathe beauty into the area. On August 30, 2018 restrictions on mountain climbing in the area were eased. People were allowed to climb Mount Asama (Maekake-yama) which is famous for the yellow larches. You can also obtain a certificate proving you climbed the mountain at the Komoro tourist information office.

    The information office can provide in-depth information into Komoro during autumn-time. They also hand out two different tourist maps for free. One of them showcases 10 different hot springs and 8 water sources in Komoro while the other details the plantation in the area where you can enjoy the autumn colours and much on all-you-can-eat freshly picked apples.

    Also, as a side note, at the soba noodle restaurants in Komoro, you can enjoy “New Soba” made with buckwheat harvested in autumn which is said to be the most delicious time of all the seasons.

     

    Enjoy a wonderful time at the autumn leaves festival at Kaikoen where there will be lots of fun events happening.

  • Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Begins This Month

    15.October.2018 | SPOT

    The Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival will run from October 19 to November 11.

     

    It will take place at Hirosaki Park which is home to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual event held in April that was selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom spots, bringing in over 2 million people every year. The castle tower at the park along with the three watchtowers and five castle gates are also registered as important cultural properties. It is also known for being the place where the Hirosaki Domain resided which was ruled by the Tsugaru clan.

    The Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival has been held every autumn since 1962. It serves as a reminder of autumn-time Hirosaki with around maple 1,000 trees dyeing the park in autumnal hues. The 2,600 or so cherry blossom trees there, which turn a beautiful pink in spring, also take on fall colours.

     

    When the sun sets at the festival, the castle tower, gates and the park are lit up with bright illuminations. The park is made even more beautiful by the glowing trees and illumined castle which cast reflections on the water surface.

     

    Experience the magic of autumn in Aomori Prefecture at this year’s festival

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    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.

     

    A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture

    The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.

     

    Classy and sophisticated cuisine

    Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.

     

    Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa

    All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.

  • Autumn in Aichi: Cherry Blossoms and Maples at Obara Shikizakura Matsuri & Korankei Maple Festival

    15.November.2019 | SPOT

    Early November marks the opening of the autumn cherry blossoms in Obaracho, Toyota. By the time mid-November rolls around, close to 10,000 shikizakura cherry blossoms bloom a pale pink until the end of the month.

    The Yoshino cherry bears its pink petals in springtime, but the shikizakura blossoms twice a year: first in spring, then in autumn. They are considered one of the most beautiful flowers of autumn, especially when they bloom against the gorgeous and vibrant red maple leaves. The Obara Shikizakura Matsuri began on November 1, and right now, you can witness this spectacle for yourself.

    The shikizakura trees planted in Obara have been there since Kansei era (1789-1801). With the helping hand of locals, the trees have become one of Japan’s most famous shikizakura spots. They were designated as Chiku (District) Trees in 1978 and can be seen throughout the entire district. Some of the trees are over 100 years old and as such registered as Natural Monuments of Aichi prefecture.

     

    This is a spot we highly recommend visiting when travelling to Aichi.

     

    ▼Obara Shikizakura Cherry Blossoms

    Peak Blossom Time: From Mid-November

    Locations:

    441-1 Johei, Obaracho, Toyota, Aichi (Obara Fureai Park)

    Senmichi, Toyota, Aichi (Senmi Shikizakura no Sato)

    Access: Take the Toyota Oiden Bus bound for Kaminigi (上仁木行き) and get off at Obaraokusa (小原大草) or Kaminigi (上仁木)

    Details:  http://www.kankou-obara.toyota.aichi.jp/

     

    ▼Obara Shikizakura Matsuri

    Running: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019

    Locations: Senmi Shikizakura no Sato, Obara Fureai Park, and elsewhere in the region

    Notes: The Kururin Bus can be boarded for free on weekends and public holidays while the festival is on

    Official Website: https://www.aichi-now.jp/spots/detail/132/

     

    The Korankei Maple Festival is also taking place this month where you can witness around 40,000 maple trees bearing their gorgeous autumn foliage.

    The trees are being lit up every night for the month of November. Watch the sun set before the illuminations are turned on, creating an enchanting atmosphere with the warm, radiating lights against the night sky.

     

    ▼Maple Trees

    Peak Blossom Time: From Mid-November

    Location:  Iimori Asukecho, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: Ride the Meitetsu Mikawa Line to Toyotashi Station, change onto Meitetsu Bus, and alight at Korankei (香嵐渓)

    Official Website:  http://asuke.info/korankei/

     

    ▼64th Korankei Maple Festival

    Running: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019

    Location: Around Iimori Asukecho, Toyota, Aichi

    Light-Up: Sunset to 21:00

    Access: 20 minutes from Sarugata Green Road Interchange / 20 minutes from Toyota-Kanpachi Interchange

    Official Website: http://asuke.info/event/nov/entry-705.html

     

    Witness two of Japan’s most celebrates treesーthe cherry blossom and the mapleーflower together in one place in Aichi.

  • See the Breathtaking Autumn Foliage of the Former Shizutani School in Okayama

    14.November.2019 | SPOT

    The Former Shizutani School, recognised as the oldest school existing for commoners in Japan, has reached its peak season for autumn foliage. Speficially, for the Chinese pistache tree, which is a symbol of the school.

    Shizutani School first opened in 1670 during the Kambun era. In 2015, it was registered as an Educational Heritage Site from Early-Modern Japan. The majority of the site is listed as an Important Cultural Property, including the temple, Shizutani Shrine, as well as the auditorium which is considered a national treasure.

     

    The school’s surrounding natural landscape enjoys the blooming of many different flowers throughout the entire year which people flock to see. It’s especially famous for autumn, a season during which the enchanting red and yellow hues boas their beautiful blossom.

    The three colours reflect from the lacquered flooring of the auditorium, rippling like ocean waves.

    The beautiful contrast between the reds and yellows of the pistaches can be enjoyed during autumn-time only. The best time to see them is from now until November 20, so if you’re travelling to Okayama, be sure to pay the Former Shizutani School a visit.

  • Kyoto Sightseeing | 4 Spots to Visit Before Autumn 2019 Ends

    03.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Autumn is a popular season in Japan, especially amongst tourists and travellers. While in spring you have the bright pink cherry blossoms, when autumntime rolls around, the trees turn into enchanting reds and yellows. People from around the world flock to see this incredible sight, with Kyoto being a very popular location.

     

    Of course, viewing the beautiful colours of the trees and their leaves is a must during the daytime, but seeing them in the evening has become popular in recent years too. It offers you an entirely different experience and atmosphere. So if you’re in the ancient capital for autumn this year, why not experience the season in an entirely new lightーat night?

     

    Jitokuin Temple

    Jitokuin Temple is located in the town of Yosano in Yosa District. Maple trees were planted almost 11 years ago with the help of locals and the chief priest to create local ties. Every autumn, the trees behind the mountain bloom in vivid hues, leading the temple to be nicknamed “Koyo-ji,” or “Temple of Autumn.” The locals work hard in the surrounding gardens day by day, so the sights change a little bit every year.

    The maple trees are planted in a way that it looks like they take an entire side of the mountain. They are a sight to be hold during the day, but for one week in November there will be illuminations in the evenings, creating a magical scene under the night sky.

     

    ▼Jitokuin Temple

    Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 16, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00 (Temple is open 09:00-20:00)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November

    Address: 2250 Akeshi, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto

    Support Fund: ¥300

    Official Website: http://jitokuin.com

     

     

    Nariaiji Temple

    Nariaiji Temple, located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Miyazu, is an ancient temple betwixt mountains overlooking Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views.” It’s home to a grand 5-storey pagoda which is surrounded by hundreds of maple trees, offering an incredible, quintessentially Japanese view during autumn.

    During the day, you can snap some gorgeous photos with the Sea of Japan and Amanohashidate in the back. For two nights only, on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, the entire area will be beautifully lit up with warm illuminations.

     

    ▼Nariaiji Temple

    Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    Light-Up Time: Sunset – 21:00 (Temple is open 08:00-16:30)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Late November

    Address: 339 Nariaiji, Miyazu, Kyoto

    Price: ¥500

    Official Website: http://www.nariaiji.jp/

     

     

    Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park

    Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: is located atop Mt. Kasagi and is also home to Kasagi-dera, a temple with a 1,300-year history. During autumn, one entire side of the park is dyed in autumnal colours.

    This November, the area will be lit up for a limited period, offering a gorgeous view from the mountain peak of the trees below as well as the flowing Kizugawa river.

     

    ▼Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park

    Light-Up Period: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-21:00 (Temple is open 09:00-16:00)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November

    Address: Mt. Kasagi, Kasagi, Soraku District, Kyoto

    Price: Illuminations – Free / Temple – Adults ¥300, Children ¥100

    Official Website: https://www.kasagidera.or.jp

     

     

    Yokokuji Temple

    Normally, the Joshoin at Yokokuji Templeーalso known as Yanagidani Kannonーonly opens on the 17th of every month. But for a special autumn event, it is now open every day up until December 1. The beauty of its autumn colours have come to be enjoyed by VIPs, dating back to the pre-war period when it was designated as a place of scenic beauty. For more details on this event, click here.

     

    Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week

    Running: November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    Time: 9:00-16:00 (Joshoin open 10:00-15:00)

    Location: Yanagidani Kannon, Yokokuji Temple (Dōnotani-2 Jōdodani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto)

    Entry Price: ¥300

    Full Ticket: ¥1,100→¥1,100 (Includes entry to multiple areas)

    Official Website: http://yanagidani.jp/

     

     

    Take the time to enjoy an autumnal Kyoto this year at one of the city’s seasonal events.

  • Kyoto Sightseeing | Yokokuji Temple’s Autumn Event Schedule Announced

    30.October.2019 | SPOT

    Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, is located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Nagaokakyo and has been used as a place of prayer for many people with eye disease since the Heian Period. It is believed that praying at the temple will cure eye disease.

     

    For autumn-time this year, the temple is set to hold an event titled “Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week” from November 2 to December 1. With a seasonal schedule that includes illuminations in the gardens to a flower display at the temple water basin, if you’re looking for the must-visit locations in Kyoto this autumn, then you’ll want to add Yokokuji Temple to your list.

     

    Jodoen Garden Illuminations

    Last year’s popular light-up event is making a return for 2019, with gorgeous illuminations developed by light designer Yuuki Kogawa which will brighten the area with an enchanting and mystifying aura different from a usual visit to the garden.

     

    Dates: November 8th, 15th, 22nd-23rd

    Time: 17:30-18:30  (Reception open from 17:00)

    Price: ¥2,500 (Includes limited edition goshuin stamp)

    No. of People: 20 (Bookings Only)

    Bookings: https://yanagidani.jp/contact/

     

    Special Opening of the Joshoin

    Normally, the Joshoin only opens on the 17th of every month, but for this autumn week event, it will be open every day. It’s an area normally limited to officials and those in the imperial family. The beauty of its autumn colours have come to be enjoyed by VIPs, dating back to the pre-war period when it was designated as a place of scenic beauty.

     

    Hanachomizu Flower Water Basin

    At every temple and shrine in Japan there is a water basin which you are to use to cleanse yourself before entering. The Hanachomizu has become hugely popular on social media since the name first appeared 3 years ago, where leaves and flowers are placed into the basin. It has become adopted at temples across the country, with the one at Yokokuji Temple starting the trend. When it was first posted onto social media, it received reactions from over 80,000 people both in Japan and overseas. The flowers used change with the seasons, from hydrangeas to maple leaves.

     

    Limited Edition Goshuin Stamp Book Designs – Garasha Matsuri & More

    Visitors will be able to pick up limited-edition goshuin stamp books which never fail to sell out whenever they are released. Goshuin are collectable stamps/seals at temples around Japan. They are ¥500 each and limited in stock.

    This is just a small peek into what’s to come during Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week. If you’re in Kyoto, make sure you pay a visit to Yokokuji Temple.

  • 3 Must-Visit Locations to See Kyoto’s Autumn Colours at Night in 2019

    17.October.2019 | SPOT

    Kyoto is known as the ancient capital of Japan. It is said to be the place where quintessential Japanese culture started, and has charmed the world over with its incredibly rich 1,200-year history.

     

    Autumn is a popular season in Japan, especially amongst tourists and travellers. While in spring you have the bright pink cherry blossoms, when autumntime rolls around, the trees turn into enchanting reds and yellows. People from around the world flock to see this incredible sight, with Kyoto being a very popular location.

     

    KYOTO SIDE, a regional information website run by Kyoto Prefecture, has listed a number of must-visit places around the city for seeing the autumn foliage, which is known as koyo in Japanese. Of course, viewing the beautiful colours of the trees and their leaves is a must during the daytime, but seeing them in the evening has become popular in recent years too. It offers you an entirely different experience and atmosphere. Here’s three places you should jot down for your Kyoto trip this autumn.

     

    Jitokuin Temple: A place of rest created by the chief priest and locals

    Jitokuin Temple is located in the town of Yosano in Yosa District. Maple trees were planted almost 11 years ago with the help of locals and the chief priest to create local ties. Every autumn, the trees behind the mountain bloom in vivid hues, leading the temple to be nicknamed “Koyo-ji,” or “Temple of Autumn.” The locals work hard in the surrounding gardens day by day, so the sights change a little bit every year.

    The maple trees are planted in a way that it looks like they take an entire side of the mountain. They are a sight to be hold during the day, but for one week in November there will be illuminations in the evenings, creating a magical scene under the night sky.

     

    Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 16, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00 (Temple is open 09:00-20:00)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November

    Address: 2250 Akeshi, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto

    Support Fund: ¥300

    Official Website: http://jitokuin.com

     

    Nariaiji Temple: The 5-storey pagoda comes together with the autumn colours

    Nariaiji Temple, located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Miyazu, is an ancient temple betwixt mountains overlooking Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views.” It’s home to a grand 5-storey pagoda which is surrounded by hundreds of maple trees, offering an incredible, quintessentially Japanese view during autumn.

    During the day, you can snap some gorgeous photos with the Sea of Japan and Amanohashidate in the back. For two nights only, on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, the entire area will be beautifully lit up with warm illuminations.

     

    Light-Up Period: November 9, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    Light-Up Time: Sunset – 21:00 (Temple is open 08:00-16:30)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Late November

    Address: 339 Nariaiji, Miyazu, Kyoto

    Price: ¥500

    Official Website: http://www.nariaiji.jp/

     

    Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: A bright-red landscape from the mountain peak

    Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park: is located atop Mt. Kasagi and is also home to Kasagi-dera, a temple with a 1,300-year history. During autumn, one entire side of the park is dyed in autumnal colours.

    This November, the area will be lit up for a limited period, offering a gorgeous view from the mountain peak of the trees below as well as the flowing Kizugawa river.

     

    Light-Up Period: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-21:00 (Temple is open 09:00-16:00)

    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Mid November

    Address: Mt. Kasagi, Kasagi, Soraku District, Kyoto

    Price: Illuminations – Free / Temple – Adults ¥300, Children ¥100

    Official Website: https://www.kasagidera.or.jp

     

     

    See Japan’s autumn colours in an entirely new way this year at one of Kyoto’s many autumn-time illumination events.

  • Autumn 2019: Maple Trees and Roses Adorn Karuizawa Lake Garden in Full Bloom

    18.September.2019 | SPOT

    Karuizawa Lake Garden is a natural garden that displays creative harmony between humans and nature, where one can enjoy its bountiful selection of plants throughout all four seasons along with the lake across a 33,000m² area.

     

    This year’s autumn season at the garden is scheduled from October 12 to November 4 where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the red and yellow leaves simultaneously alongside colourful roses.

    Beautiful Japanese maple trees aren’t the only thing you can enjoy during the fall season at Karuizawa Lake Garden. Soak in the sight of an abundance of autumnal plants and inhale the floral scent of the many roses. They will open across eight areas, including the main Rose Garden, by the waterside.

    Welcome the autumntime this year at the incredible Karuizawa Lake Garden.

  • Experience an Edo Hanami at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

    24.March.2019 | SPOT

    Edo Wonderland is a cultural theme park in Nikko, Tochigi that recreates what life was like back in the Edo period. The park is currently putting efforts in to provide a new kind of food experience to guests. Since last year, with the help of Rei Fuyuki―a food researcher knowledgeable in Edo cuisine―the park has been serving authentic Edo style dishes inspired by the four seasons.

    This spring, Edo Wonderland is set to host a new event that will offer people a chance to experience an Edo hanami. They will tuck into food from the Edo period while viewing the cherry blossoms.

    Guests will be able to enjoy hanami in a variety of different ways, be it under the blue sky, on the side of a moat with a bento in hand, in the restaurant with a luxurious hanami-inspired meal and sake, and more.

    The EDO-SATOYAMA Project is an initiative that aims to restore the original scenery of Edo. As part of the project, British-born Japanese writer and environmentalist C. W. Nicol planted cherry trees with children from local nurseries last year. He is set to participate in this year’s Edo hanami too where he will fertilise and water plants with the children to help pass on the importance of taking care of the beautiful undeveloped woodlands.

    Change into traditional Japanese dress and become a person of Edo to enjoy a unique Edo flower-viewing experience.

  • See Autumn Leaves of Toyota in Aichi Prefecture at Korankei and Shikizakura Park

    12.November.2018 | SPOT

    The peak season to see the autumn leaves will arrive imminently at the popular autumn tourist spots Korankei and Shikizakura Park in Toyota, Aichi which are being celebrated with festivals that are currently running until November 30.

    When talking about famous autumn leaf spots in Toyota, Korankei is the one that always crops up, but in recent years more people have come to learn about Shikizakura Park which has now become another must-visit location during the fall season. Close to 10,000 four-season cherry blossoms decorate the mountain surfaces in the area along with maple trees.

    The highlight of the Korankei Maple Festival is the light up of Mt. Iimori. The mountain will turn a golden colour from the trees as Taigetsukyo Bridge and Tomoe River are illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.

     

    The thing to see at the Shikizakura Park Cherry Blossom Festival is the herbarium workshop where attendees can experience handmaking their own herbariums from Japanese paper. You must book a place in advance to join in so be sure to check the official website.

    A special bus is also running to and from both Korankei and Shikizakura Park from November 10 to 30.

     

    Enjoy autumn in full bloom at Toyota, Aichi.

  • Kifune Shrine’s Bewitching Autumn Illuminations Begin on November 3

    31.October.2018 | SPOT

    Eizan Electric Railway and the Kibune Tourist Association are teaming up to hold an autumn illumination event which will run from November 3 to 25.

    This marks the 16th run of the event which will once more be held in co-operation with Kyoto Hanatouro who will provide paper lanterns and spotlights. The Momiji Tunnel, Ninose Station and Kibuneguchi Station along with Kifune Shrine and elsewhere will be lit up with enchanting illuminations.

    As the train runs through the Momiji Tunnel―a tunnel of maple trees―it will cut its lights and slow down for passengers to enjoy riding past the lit-up magical maples with autumnal hues. The path leading up to Kifune Shrine as well as the main shrine itself too will glow with warm colours.

    Take in the spectacle of Japanese autumn-time at Kifune Shrine in Kyoto.

  • TOKYO RED GARDEN 2018: Autumn Leaf Illuminations at Happo-en Garden

    30.October.2018 | SPOT

    Autumn-time illuminations are set to hit Happo-en in Tokyo for TOKYO RED GARDEN 2018 which will see the autumn leaves of 115 trees in the garden lit up from November 1 to December 6.

    The Red Bar is a pop-up bar that will be open on weekends for the duration of TOKYO RED GARDEN. Look forward to sipping on popular Japanese cocktails while taking in the hues of fall that will decorate Happo-en. When evening comes there’ll be a range of different events happening including a nighttime tea party, a DJ night at the restaurant and more.

     

    Running: November 1, 2018 – December 6, 2018

    Time: Sunset to 22:00

    *Those using the restaurant or attending the event are free to enjoy the illuminations

     

    Iki NIGHT -Akaya- is another event that will arrive on December 6. Japanese music artist Shuya Okino will make an appearance to make TOKYO RED GARDEN even redder with his remixes themed on the colours of autumn. Guests can also expect to enjoy drinks from Taittinger, a French wine family favoured by world class restaurants. This final night of TOKYO RED GARDEN is one to be enjoyed in luxury and amongst the striking reds and yellows of fall.

     

    Location: Thrust Cafe

    Date: December 6, 2018

    Time: 20:00-22:00

    Price: ¥2,000 (tax and service charge included) per person – includes entry price and 1 drink

    Bookings/Enquiries: 03-3443-3105 (10:00-22:00)

    Advance Tickets: https://passmarket.yahoo.co.jp/event/show/detail/011cqyzwqqks.html

     

    Also available at the Thrust Cafe is the  Farm to Table, a meal that is made to look like the fiery colours of autumnal foliage. The mains are ‘Spiny Red Gurnard Poêlé’ and ‘Duck & Chestnut Risotto.’ Dine on the terrace for a breathtaking view of a Japanese garden in all its autumn-time glory.

     

    Running: November 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018

    Time: 17:00-22:00

    Price: Course – ¥4,800 (tax and service charge separate)

    Bookings/Enquiries: 03-3443-3105 (10:30-22:00)

    *Both à la carte and regular dishes served

     

    Take in the visually blazing season of autumn at Happo-en.

  • 7 Best Spots to See Japan’s Autumn Colours in Tokyo

    22.October.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan is getting deep into autumn – the season for autumn foliage, called kouyou in Japanese, is getting closer. Tokyo is known for its bright lights and metropolitan lifestyle, but did you know that there’s in fact a lot of places to enjoy the autumn colours in the capital?

     

    We’ve compiled a list of great spots to visit this autumn that are accessible from the heart of Tokyo.

     

    Mount Takao (Peak Foliage: Mid November – Late November)

    Mount Takao is a nature haven about an hour’s train journey from central Tokyo. Surrounding the mountain are about 1,200 species of plant and 100 types of wild bird. Its autumn-time maple trees are exceptional. The view of autumn leaves from the mountain peak as well at the Yakuo-in Buddhist temple, Kiyotaki Cable Car Station, Takaosan Station and elsewhere please the eyes of countless mountain climbers over a one month period. Additionally, special “Mt. Takao” trains will run from Takaosanguchi Station to Shinjuku Station on weekends and holidays throughout November from 3pm. These carriages are reservation-only and offer a beautiful view for those returning to the city centre.

     

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    Mount Takao

    Location: Hachioji, Tokyo

    Access: Board the Keio Takao Line, change at Takaosanguchi Station and walk 5-minutes from the cable car entrance

    TEL: 042-620-7378

    Website: https://www.hkc.or.jp

     

    Rikugien Garden (Peak Foliage: Mid November – Early December)

    Rikugien Garden is a typical garden of the Edo Period boasting around 400 maple trees as well as Japanese wax trees, maidenhairs and more all of which bring vivid life to the garden. It’s also home to a pond and 35 meter high ‘mountain’ where people can stroll along and enjoy autumn’s kaleidoscope of colours. Illuminations are also set to be held from Novmember 17 to December 9 which will light up the trees and rest of the garden, so don’t miss out.

     

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    Rikugien Garden

    Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 7-minutes on foot from Komagome Station via the JR Lines

    TEL: 03-3941-2222

    Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

    Hibiya Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Hibiya Park first opened in 1903 during the Meiji Period. During autumn, the leaves of the maidenhair trees colour the the S-shaped garden path a golden yellow. The park’s Shinkei Pond is home to a water fountain made in the image of the crane which is the third oldest water fountain in Japan. Tokyo is a busy and bustling city, but Hibiya Park is an oasis out of that where the captivating colours of maple trees and more excite your eyes.

     

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    Hibiya Park

    Address: 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Kasumigaseki Station and Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro / 8-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR

    TEL: 03-3501-6428

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index037.html

     

    Shiba Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Shiba Park has a long history and was first designated a park in 1873 along with those in Ueno, Asakusa, Fukugawa and Asukayama. The bright colours of the maidenhair trees in the promenade that arrive from late November and bloom until early December look out on Tokyo Tower which is an overwhelming sight to see.

     

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    Shiba Park

    Address: 4-10-17 Shiba Park, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 12-minutes on foot from Hamamatsucho Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Shibakoen Station via Toei Subwa

    TEL: 03-3431-4359

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index001.html

     

    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park (Late November – Early December)

    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park is famous for its maidenhair trees that span a 300 meter distance. It’s one of the city’s representative autumn-time spots for seeing yellow leaves. There are 146 maidenhairs that line both sides of the path that create a truly golden road. If you gaze from Aoyama Dori Road it’s like staring into a beautiful picture book.

     

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    Meiji Jingu Gaien Park

    Address: 2-1 Kita Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo (Maidenhair Path) / 2-3 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Aoyama-itchōme Station or Gaiemmae Station via Tokyo Metro / 10-minutes on foot from Shinanomachi Station or Sendagaya Station via JR

    TEL: 03-3401-0312

    Website: http://www.meijijingugaien.jp

     

    Yoyogi Park (Peak Foliage: Late November – Early December)

    Yoyogi Park is home to 6 types of broad-leaved trees including 1,000 Japanese zelkovas, 260 maidenhairs, 100 maples and more. It is one of the main parks to visit in Tokyo during autumn where you can stroll and see the colours unfold before you. It has an open space, water fountain and even benches making for a great day out where you can kick back and relax. It’s a great place to stroll to after shopping in Harajuku as it’s located right next to Harajuku Station. But if you get lost then come and see us in the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center and we’ll point you in the right direction.

     

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    Yoyogi Park

    Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 3-minutes on foot from Yoyogi-koen Station via Tokyo Metro

    TEL: 03-3469-6081

    Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index039.html

     

    When in Japan during the fall season, make sure to enjoy it to the absolute fullest!

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