This year’s recommended “beautiful autumn-color spots”chosen by the editing office of “Jaran.”

19.October.2017 | SPOT

A touring guide magazine “Jaran” announced the ranking of beautiful autumn-color spots for this year chosen by the editing office.

Here, I will introduce to you the six recommended spots.



1st place: Oirase Keiryu (Aomori Prefecture)


【best time to view: Late October】

“Oirase Keiryu” is one of the best autumn-color beauty spots in Japan where beautiful mountain streams and 14 waterfalls can be enjoyed. The scenery of this spot in autumn is very colorful. You can see many trees here such as Japanese beech and mountain maple. It is recommended that you rent a bicycle and tour around the area.


2nd place: Sagano Railroad Hand Car (Kyoto)


【Best time to view: Mid November to early December】

You can enjoy the autumn colors from a hand car which runs between Sagano and Hozugawa Valley (it takes about 25 minutes to get to the valley). A colorful tunnel of autumn leaves such as maple, gingko and lacquer tree can be enjoyed while riding on an “open”hand car.


3rd place: Tofuku Temple (Kyoto)


【Best time to view: Mid November to late November】

This temple is one of the largest in Kyoto. It was built in the Kamakura Era.

There are more than 2,000 maple trees growing inside the huge temple grounds. It feels like you are floating on a cloud of maple leaves if you stand on the bridge spanning Sengyokukan, a valley.


4th place: Syuzenji Hot Spring Chikurin no Komichi (Shizuoka Prefecture)


【Best time to view:Mid November to early December】

There are green bamboo groves on both sides of the path and vivid red colored leaves can be enjoyed at this spot. The red bridge is a suitable spot to take a photo. Also,the garden will be opened from the 18th of November (Sat.) to the 30th (Thurs.). It is located inside the ancient “Syuzenji”temple in a hot springs town. (fee must be paid to enter the garden).


5th place: Korankei (Aichi Prefecture)


【Best time to view the spot: Mid November to late November】

One of the best autumn-color viewing spot in the Tokai area.

The maple leaves of Iiyama Mountain will be lighted up for a limited time (during November). The golden colored leaves cannot be seen during the daytime so it is a must see at night. Taigetsukyo (bridge) and the 4,000 maple trees reflected on the water of the Tomoe River which can be seen from Tomoe Bridge is truly a beautiful sight to see.


5th place: Shinhotaka Ropeway (Gifu Prefecture)


【Best time to view: Early October to late October】

The beautiful scenery of red leaves can be enjoyed from the ropeway. The area around Shirakaba Station is very beautiful in mid October but it is recommended that you visit the area around Shintakaho Onsen Station in late October where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Northern Alpes. It is recommended that you visit the area in morning or early evening since the air is very clear.


Why don’t you go out and view the beautiful autumn sceneries of Japan?



Beautiful autumn-color spots of this year chosen by the editing office of “Jaran.”



  • Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Begins on October 18

    13.October.2019 | SPOT

    This year’s Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival is set to take place in Hirosaki, Aomori from October 18 to November 10.


    The festival is held annually every autumn and has been since 1962. It has become a festival deeply tied to autumntime Hirosaki, with 1,000 vivid chrysanthemum trees set to bloom at Hirosaki Park this year in addition to 2,600 cherry blossom trees, which in springtime were pink and will now turn red and yellow for the autumn season.

    After the sun sets during the event, the castle, park and surrounding areas will be lit up with enchanting illuminations, reflecting off the trees and surface of the moat, lending even more beauty to the area.

  • Autumn Colour Illuminations to Take Place at Kurodani Temple―Home to the Afro Buddha

    28.September.2018 | SPOT

    Veltra, a website that offers hundreds of tours and activities for travellers across the world, is now taking bookings to go and see the autumn colour light-up of Konkaikōmyō-ji, also known as Kurodani Temple.

    The plan offers the chance to see the Afro Buddha―which has made headlines on TV in Japan and on the internet―as well as the temple gardens and elsewhere lit up in gorgeous hues of reds, yellows and oranges. The autumnal colours reflected on the water surface beside the temple will provide for a gorgeous setting.


    There’s also an additional plan that can get you in 30-minutes earlier than regular guests and offers a tour of the area by the official gardener or a garden concierge. Guests who book with Veltra will also receive a bill with the Afro Buddha printed on it.

    Kurodani Temple was founded in 1175. It incldues the site where Honen, the founder of Jodo Buddhism, stayed. It’s also famous as the site where the Japanese official Kondō Isami and samurai Matsudaira Katamori held talks.


    While gazing at the beautiful colours of autumn guests can also enjoy a koto performance.


    Veltra also has an English page and takes bookings from inbound travellers. Book your plan to see the spectacle yourself.

  • An autumn leaves event will be held in Yanagiya Kannon, Kyoto! Maple “goshuin” (shrine/temple seal) will be offered and many art works will be exhibited.

    06.November.2017 | SPOT

    Yanagiya Kannon is located in Nagaokakyoshi, Kyoto and it has been a place where persons with eye-related diseases gather since the Heian era. At his location, the autumn leaves event, “Yanagiya Kannon Koyo Week” will be held.

    “Joshoin”special public viewing


    “Joshoin,”which is opened to the public on the 17th of every month will be opened every day during Koyo Week.

    Joshoin is a special space where special guests such as Emperor’s family and court aristocracy can enter. The beautiful view of the autumn leaves of Meishoteien (Jodoen) has been loved by many people. They will offer a “goshuin” dessert to the visitors from the 17th of November to the 26th  of November.


    Yanagiya Art Fair


    “Kikuzu” created by Korin Ogata who was an artist during the Edo period will be exhibited inside Joshoin. Also, “Benigiku” created by the women Japanese-style painter Tazu Hirota will be exhibited in the exhibit named,“Yanagiya Kannon Jiho Ten” which will reveal different art works every month.

    In Jihoko, bird-related art works will be exhibited, wishing visitors’ success. Many works such as Seitei Watanabe’s “Denen ni Washizu” which is kept at the Metropolitan Museum, Bakusen Tsuchida’s “Yamadori” which is kept at Tokyo National Modern Museum, Kogyo Terasaki’s (an painter who used be called a “roaming painter”)  “Shirasagi no Zu” and Kiitsu Suzuki’s (a painter from the Edorin style) “Tsuruno Zu” will be exhibited.

    Pressed flowers will be offered (quantity limited)


    Limited “goshuin”are so popular that they always run out. This time, they will offer two kinds of “goshuins,”one using a“maple leaf” and another using a  “chrysanthemum.” The chrysanthemum used in the goshuin is a twin wheeled chrysanthemum. Moreover, the 17th-limited “goshuin” will also be offered on the 26th of November.


    Tasty “Goshuin Latte”


    “Goshuin Latte” is a product which will be offered to the visitors who obtain Yodomiden’s “goshuin.” The product was not sold during the summer season, but it will sold again. The price of the product and the“goshuin” together is 800 yen .

    Scent bag “Gofukuko Kaigan”


    “Gofukuko” is created under the theme of offering happiness to people. Obtain the “scent” of Gofukuko which is known as the treat of Buddha.


    “KYOTO STYLE” will be held

    A workshop which you can experience “the time/events/things” under the theme of Kyoto’s temple/flower/tea called “KYOTO STYLE” will be held on the 26th of November.

    Temple workshop to develop your feminine traits

    ・Yagiya Kannon original “shakyo (hand-copying of sutas) and shafutsu (hand-copying of Buddha)

    ・Yanagiya Kannon Gokan+ “Bishingan Therapy”

    ・Yagiya Kannon original “Oshibana (pressed flower) Goshuin”

    【Work shop of organic rose farm】

    ・Okuda Rose Farm “rose jam making workshop”

    ・Okuda Rose Farm “resin accessary making class”

    【Workshop held by the tea farmer who owns an accommodation】

    ・Wazuka / original tea blending class
    ・Wazuka / maccha spice making class
    【Other workshops】
    ・ Yoga / Koto (Japanese traditional instrument) playing experience / bag-making class


    ▼Comments from Shunei Kusaka, the chief priest of the temple

    “We (human being) have five senses. They are eyesight, auditory sense, olfactory sense, taste sense and haptic sense and we have eyes, ears, a nose, a tongue and our bodies to use with those five senses. However, Buddhism teaches us that we have another sense called “I” to feel the thoughts of Buddhism. In Buddhism^, the six senses are called as “Rokkon.” The temple is aiming to hold events which will resonate with peoples’ senses and thus we will hold Koyo Week. We are preparing art fairs and various events. We hope that you will enjoy a quiet time watching beautiful autumn leaves. Peace to you.”


    Let’s enjoy the autumn leaves of Kyoto by visiting Kyoto during“Yanagiya Kannon Koyo Week.”


    Yanagiya Kannon Yokoku Temple

    Address: 〒617-0855 2, Do no Tani, Jododani, Nagaokakyoshi, Kyoto



    Yanagiya Kannon Koyo Week

    Date: 2017,11,11 (Sat) to 12.03 (Sun.)

    Time: 9:00 to 16:00

    Entrance fee: 200 yen (an additional 500 yen is needed to enter Joshoin)


  • View the autumn colors at Nikko World Heritage site – Rinnoji Temple’s Japanese garden, “Shoyoen”

    29.October.2017 | SPOT

    A light-up event will be held at “Shoyoen,” the Japanese garden inside the temple grounds of Rinnoji Temple which is a World Heritage site located in Nikko. This event will be held between October 25th (Wed.)~November 15th (Wed.). In addition, for the 3 days, November 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) to the 5th (Sun.), another light-up event titled “Light-Up Nikko 2017” will be held at “Taiyuin.” Various buildings and surroundings will be lit-up so visitors can enjoy the autumn colors by walking all the way from Niomon Gate to the “haiden” (praying hall).


    The Japanese garden, Shoyoen is a very popular autumn color spot in Nikko. The garden with an area of 3,200 square meters was constructed next to Rinnoji Temple over 1250 years ago. It is a representative Japanese garden built in the Edo period. It was made so that visitors can enjoy the garden by walking around the pond.


    As a special event during this season the event titled, “Shoyoen / Daiyuin × “light” × “sound” Fantasy Scroll” will be held. Various classical Japanese instruments will be played including a koto performance by prominent koto player, Fumiko Kazuhisa.


    Furthermore, shinobue and shakuhachi performances will take place inviting you to a mysterious world. In addition to the events, “Shoyoen light-up” and “Light-up Nikko 2017,” at the honden and Taiyuin a “goshuin” with a red seal confirming a night temple visit will be issued.


    Why not go to Nikko and enjoy a very special autumn evening.



    Shoyoen Light-up

    Duration: October 25th (Wed.) ~ Nov. 15th (Wed.)

    Hours: 17:00~20:00(Mid-Oct.) 16:00~20:00(Mid-Nov.) 16:00~21:00(Nov. 3rd, 4th, 5th) *entrance will be allowed until 30 minutes before closure

    Venue: Nikko Rinnoji Temple Shoyoen Garden

    Entrance fee:500 yen *Houmotsuden entrance fee is separate * Daytime entrance fee will not cover night time entrance fee *elementary and junior high students accompanied with adults and children under school age are free

    Shoyoen and Houmotsuden website:

    Taiyuin Light-up

    Duration: November 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) ~ Nov. 5th (Sun.)

    Hours: 16:00~21:00 *entrance will be allowed until 30 minutes before closure

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee:550 yen / child (elementary and jr. high) 250 yen

    Shuttle bus: Sanbutsudo ⇔ Taiyuin  free bus service

    Nov. 3rd to Nov. 5th (shuttle bus service on an as-needed basis)

    Taiyuin website:



    Sanbutsudo (Three Buddha Hall) night visit – issuance of a gold letter “goshuin”

    Duration: Oct. 25 ~ Oct. 31st 17:00~20:00

              Nov. 1st ~ Nov. 15th 16:00~20:00

              Nov. 3rd ~ Nov. 5th 16:00~21:00 (only during Light-up Nikko event)

              *this “goshuin” will not be issued at times other than specified above.

    Venue: Sanbutsudo, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Issuance fee: 500 yen

    Visitation fee: free (During light-up period special front entrance visit will be allowed)

    Sanbutsudo website:

    Taiyuin – Night visit – issuance of a gold letter “goshuin”

    Duration: Nov. 3rd ~ Nov. 5th 16:00~21:00 (only during Light-up Nikko event)

    *this “goshuin” will not be issued at times other than specified above.

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Issuance fee: 500 yen

    Visitation fee: adults – 500yen / Child (elementary and jr. high) 250 yen

    Shoyoen / Daiyuin × “light” × “sound” Fantasy Scroll

    Oct. 28th (Sat.) 29th (Sun.)  17:30 (light-up)

    Nov. 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) Nov. 4th (Sat.) 14:00 (daytime) 17:00 (light-up)

    Nov. 5th (Sun.) 14:00 (daytime)

    Venue: Shoyoen Garden, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee: free *entrance fee to the garden is necessary

         Daytime – adult 300 yen / child (elementary and jr. high) 100 yen (includes fee to Homotsuden)

    Light-up – Adult 500 yen / Child (under jr. high) free

    <Taiyuin concert>

    Time: Nov. 3rd (Fri. national holiday), 4th (Sat.) 5th (Sun.) 18:30 (light-up)

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee: free  *entrance fee to Taiyuin is necessary

                  Adult – 550 yen Child – 250 yen


    Koto – Miwako Waku

    Koto – Tomoyo Maekawa

    Shinobue & Nokan – Yoshihiro Karino

    Shakuhachi – Chikuzan Fukuda

    *Depending on weather conditions the time and the content of the concert may be changed without notice

  • Seven recommended spots where autumn leaves will be lit up at nighttime【Kyoto/Kobe/Nara】

    26.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    For those of you who are planning to visit the Kansai area this autumn, here are some recommended autumn color spots. Many of these spots will be lit up at night after November so why not visit some temples at nighttime. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended autumn color spots.



    Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple


    Kiyomizu Temple in Otowa Mountain holds a viewing event (three times per year – spring, summer and autumn).  They will hold a viewing event at nighttime from the 11th of November (Sat.) to the 3rd of December (Sun.). You can enjoy the wonderful autumn view where thousands of maple leaves are lit up along with the temple. Jojuin which usually cannot be seen is open for viewing during this season. The quiet night view of Jojuin’s garden (the garden is known as one of the best gardens in Kyoto) which is also called “the moon garden” is a must-see.



    Kiyomizu Temple / Akino Yoru no Tokubetsu Haikan

    Address: 294m 1st street, Kiyomizu, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto

    Date: 2017,11,11 (Sat) to 12,03 (Sun.)

    Time: 17:30 to 21:00

    Fee: Adult (older than high school) 400 yen, elementary/junior high school 200 yen, Younger than elementary school – free






    Kyoto Ruri Kouin


    Ruri Koin will hold a special viewing event at nighttime. The light up event called “Momiji (maple tree) komichi” (third time to be held) will be held at the same time as the viewing event is held. The light up event will be held at “Cable Hiei Station” where the city of Kyoto can be viewed. I am sure that you will be able to enjoy the autumn colors as you catch a fresh, cold breeze, something you cannot feel in the big cities.



    Ruri Koin / special viewing event at nighttime

    Address: 55, Higashiyamacho, Kamitakano, Sakyoku, Kyoto

    Date:2017,11,11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.), 18 (Sat.), 19 (Sun.), 23 (Thurs/holiday), 25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun), 12,02 (Sat.), 03 (Sun.) -9 days in total.

    Time: 19:00 to 20:30 (Last reception 19:45)

    Fee: 5,000 yen per person (including the round trip ticket for Eizan Cable Car) ※up tp 100 persons (reservation must be made / first-come-first-served-basis)

    Viewing method: Make a reservation from the website of Eizan Cable Car / Ropeway (  HYPERLINK “” ) Tickets will be handed out at Cable Yase Station on the day you ride the cable/ropeway.

    Access: Eizan Train / 5 minutes on foot from Yase Hieizanko / 8 minutes on foot from Eizan Cable Car, Cable Yase Station and Momiji no Komichi



    Kyoto Kakuyuzan Rokuoin


    From the 26th of November (Sun.) to the 9th of December (Sat.), a special viewing event at nighttime will be held this year too. Rokuoin is famous for its autumn colors and Kosansui Garden which is known as the first plane garden in Japan was designated as one of the official beauty spots of Kyoto. In the viewing event, a 300m long stone path, Shariden and the garden will be lit up. The number of the visitors who can enjoy this event is limited (100 persons). Let’s enjoy the night view of the Zen temple.



    Kakuyu Mountain Rokuoin

    Address: 24, Kitaboricho, Saga

    Date: 11,26 (Sun.) to 12,09 (Sat.)

    Time: 17:30 to 19:30 (reception office will closed at 19:00)

    Fee: 1,500 yen (snacks to go with tea and a commemorative gift will be offered) ※100 persons per day (first-come-first-served-basis)

    Method of participating in the event: Make a reservation from the event application website of Randen’s website (

    Access: 4 minutes on foot from Randen / Rokuoin Station

    TEL: 075-277-2877 (Kyofuku Denki Testudo / railway office)



    Kyoto “Toji” ×  Keihan Hotels & Resorts


    Keihan Hotels & Resorts (Kyoto, Shimogyoku, CEO: Toshihiko Inaji) will collaborate with “Toji (Kyoo Gokokuji) and sell Keihan Hotels & Resorts-limited premium plan where you can view the important cultural properties including Toji and stay at the hotel. The plan comes with a ticket to enter the venue of the light up event where you can enjoy the autumn views of Toji such as a mysterious five-story tower surrounded by vivid colored autumn leaves lit up at nighttime. You can enjoy the night in Kyoto thinking about the Heian Era 1,200 years ago.



    Kyoto “Toji” × Keihan Hotels & Resorts Toji Aki no Light Up Nyujoken Tsuki Plan

    Date: 2017,10,28 (Sat.) to 12,10 (Sun.)

    Time: 18:30 to 21:30 <last entrance 21:00>

    Touring: the venue can be toured within the time noted above.


    * this plan does not include a guided tour by a priest


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  • Six autumn color spots close to the center of Tokyo

    23.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The season of autumn colors has arrived! Many people are not aware that there are many spots in the Tokyo area where the colorful autumns can be enjoyyed. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended spots in and close to Tokyo.



    Yoyogi Park (best time to view: late November to early December)


    There are about six kinds broad-leaves tree such as zelkova, gingko and maples inside the park. The spot is known as one of the most famous autumn color spots where 1,300 trees are planted. You can enjoy viewing the autumn leaves the whole day long by sitting on the park benches. You can enjoy the open areas and fountains too. The contrast of the true-red maples located at the west side of the fountain and the gingko colonnade located at the right and upper area of Harajuku gate is great. It is great fun to walk on a carpet of fallen leaves.  


    ◼︎Information Yoyogi Koen

    Address: 2-1, Kamizonocho, Yoyogi, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Access: 3 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station 3 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Yoyogi Park Station





          Meiji Shinjuku Gaien (best time to view: mid-November to early December)


    Meiji Shinjuku Gaien where the gingko colonnade is famous is one of the most famous spots in Tokyo where you can enjoy the view of yellow leaves. The 300m long colonnade which has 146 gingko trees is called the “Golden Road.” The view of the colonnade is very modern and preppy since it is located in Aoyama. It is recommended that you take a bike ride along this colonnade.



    Meiji Jingu Gaien

    Address: 2-1, Kitaaoyama, Minatoku, Tokyo (gingko colonnade), 2-3, Kasumigaokacho, Shinjuku

    Access: JR Chuo/Somusen, Shinanocho Station or Sendagaya Station

    Tokyo Metro Aoyama Ichohome Station

    5 to 13 minutes on foot from Toei Chikatesu Kokuritu Kyogijo Station





    Kyu Asakurake Jutaku (Old residence of Asakura Family) (best time to view: early December)

    An important cultural property which was built in the 8th year of Taisho. This spot has many great things to see such as a circuit style garden where you can enjoy the view of each season and a two-storied main house which has the atmosphere of the Taisho Era. An autumn leaves tea party is held every year. Many visitors including foreign tourists visit this location during the autumn season and every year a tea party is held under the red maple trees.    



    Kyu Asakurake Jutaku

    Address: 29-20, Sarugakucho, Shibuya

    Business hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (the location will close at 16:30 from November to February) ※you must enter the venue 30 minutes before closing time.

    Holidays: Monday (Tuesday will become a holiday when Monday is holiday), yearend and new year’s holiday (12,29 to 01,03)

    Access: Tokyu Toyoko Line, 5 minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station





          Arisugawakyu Kinen Park (best time to view: mid-November to mid-December)

    The inside of the park is created in a precise manner. It has many special things such as a stream flowing into a pond and a stone bridge where you can enjoy the vivid contrast of such things and the autumn leaves. The park includes a Japanese garden and Tokyo Toritsu Central Library and therefore it can be said that the park has a comfortable atmosphere although it is located inside Tokyo. Yellow-colored trees, can be seen along with the statue of Arisugawakyu, the symbol of the park. This is a must-see.



    Arisugawakyu Kinen Park

    Address: 5-7-29, Minamiazabu, Minatoku, Tokyo

    Access: 3 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Hiroo Station No.1 Exit






    Shiba Park (best time to view: late November to early December)

    An artificial stream which was recreated in the 59th year of Showa. Maple trees are planted throughout the park and the view is very beautiful. It is a healing spot that has rocky stretch consisting of small and big rocks and a 10m high waterfall which makes you forget that you are in the center of Tokyo. It is recommended to visit this park and sit on the bench and relax after touring around Zojo Temple and Tokyo Tower.  


    ◼︎Information Shiba Park

    Address:4-10-17, Shiba Park, Minatoku, Tokyo

    Access: Two minutes on foot from Toei Chikatetsu Mita Line Chiba Park Onarimon 9 minutes on foot from Asakusa Line/Oedo Line Daimon 2 minutes on foot from Oedo Line, Akabanebashi 5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamitanicho




          Rikugien (best time to view: late November to early December)


    A garden created for a daimyo (feudal lord). Vivid colored leaves of maple trees and wax and gingko trees can be seen everywhere inside the park. The views that can be seen from the west side of the park and Suikonoe are very popular. The gardens inside the park are lighted up at night and you can also enjoy the fantastic night view.




    Address: 6th street, Honkomagome, Bunkyoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (open: 16:30)

    Holidays: no holiday

    Access: 7 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line Komagome Station




  • The autumn-colored leaves in Minami Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture and Naeba Area are at their best

    20.October.2017 | SPOT

    The autumn leaves in the area around Naeba Ski Resort located in Minami Uonuma, Niiga Prefecture are now at their best.

    The color of the leaves is vivid compare to the past few years and many tourists visited this resort on the 18th of October. The weather was clear.


    Naeba Ski Resort and Kagura Ski Resort are operating the “Dragon Gondola” and “Tashiro Ropeway” and you can enjoy the dynamic scenery of autumn leaves for about 25 minutes (one way) from the “Dragon Gondola” which is the longest gondola in Japan (5,481m).


    After arriving at the top of the mountain, you can view the dynamic view of the mountains around Joetsu Border and the emerald green-colored Tashiro Lake.


    Also, a festival called “Tashiro Kogen Aki Matsuri” where local food will be sold will be held. Mushroom soup will be offered for free and carnival booths will also be opened.


    Let’s go to Naeba to enjoy the gorgeous view and the autumn leaves.



    Naeba Ski Resort / TEL: 025-789-4117

    Kagura Ski Resort / TEL:025-789-3111

    Dragon Gondola website: