The beauty and excitement of Japan are not limited to seeing Cherry Blossom flowers or skiing on snowy mountains. Japan is also a place worth visiting in autumn. The sight of colorful leaves from a distance makes Japan look extra romantic in autumn.
Momijigari is a term in Japanese used to describe the activity of seeing the sight of leaves changing colors in autumn.
So, which places in Japan are good for momijigari? Let’s have a look at the following list.
- Rikugien Park in Tokyo
As reported by the japan-guide, Rikugien means garden of 6 poems and the design of this garden is the embodiment or realization of 88 events in famous poems. Rikugien Park was built around 1700 for the fifth Tokugawa Shogun.
The right time to enjoy the autumn scenery in this park is late November to early December.
The duration needed to visit all places in the park is about 1 hour. Then, in Rikugien’s garden, there is also a tea house called Fukiage Chaya. It is said that the view from this tea house is very nice in autumn.
- Meiji Jingu Gaien in Tokyo
You can walk among the Ginko trees at Meiji Jingu Gaien while looking at the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. The best time to see the changing color of the leaves of the ginkgo tree is mid-November to early December.
This place also held an annual festival called the festival Jingu Gaien Ginkgo or Icho Matsuri. The festival is open from mid-November to December.
- Arashiyama in Kyoto
Arashiyama, which is located in the west of Kyoto, is already famous for its natural beauty. No wonder this area becomes a hot spot to see the natural scenery in autumn.
Some of the places in Arashiyama that offer spectacular views during autumn are the Togetsukyo bridge, Tenryu-Ji Temple, Jokakkoji Temple, Nisonin Temple, and finally the Sagano train ride.
- Bishamon-do Temple in Kyoto
Bishamon-do Shrine in Yamashina Ward is a great place to see the beautiful crimson leaves in autumn.
This place is said to be not as busy as other tourist spots in Kyoto, so it’s quite convenient for sightseeing and taking photos.
- Lake Towada in Amouri
When visiting Lake Towada in Amouri in autumn, you can take a boat across the lake while viewing the red maple leaves and yellow beech leaves. Besides that, you can also see Mount Towada.
You need to know that this boat ride attraction does not operate during winter. Lake Towada is also closed from December 29 to January 3. Tickets can be purchased at the counter or through their official website.
- Irohazaka Winding Road in Nikko, Tochigi
As the name implies, Irohazaka Winding Road is an area with winding roads and many trees around it. Irohazaka is divided into two, north and south, and in the middle are Kegon Valley and Kegon waterfalls.
This Irohazaka Street connects Lake Chuzenji with Nikko City. Launching japan. travel, there are 48 curves along the Irohazaka Winding Road from north to south and some of the curves are quite sharp. Along the way, you can see Mount Nantai and waterfalls from afar.
There are two temporary resting places in Irohazaka, namely the Kurokami Plain and the Akechi Plain. When crossing the Akechi Plain area, you need to be careful when driving or carrying goods because in this area there are many monkeys.
The best time to see discoloration on the leaves is from mid-October to early November.
- Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival
The festival is held in November in the area north of Lake Kawaguchi. The festival starts from 9 am to 10 pm. In this festival area, you can also visit the Maple Corridor or Momiji Cairo, which is a 2 km long road with approximately 60 Maple trees in red, yellow, and orange colors.
If you want to get a romantic atmosphere, it is recommended to visit this festival at night because the atmosphere is better.
- Momijidani Park in Hiroshima
In addition to the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, Hiroshima also has a good destination in autumn. The name of the place is Momijidani Park. You can feel the oriental and classic atmosphere when you walk through the Momijidani garden.
You can also stop at Itsukushima Shrine which is under Mount Misen. Itsukushima Shrine is a world heritage site.
Those are 8 recommended places in Japan to enjoy the autumn scenery. These places are scattered in various places, not only in Tokyo. The best time to see momijigari is in November.
Considering that almost all of these places are parks or mountains, you should wear comfortable shoes when visiting these tourist spots. Lastly, don’t forget to maintain cleanliness such as throwing garbage in its place.