10 Unique Places in Japan to see Autumn Foliage

Meiyee Loo
Meiyee Loo


Summer ends, but the surprise not! September is the month when autumn kicks in🍁🍂 Falling leaves (not blossoming flowers this time!) becomes what people are after, to witness how they "burn" the lush foliage into different shades of golden colours💛

Speaking of Autumn, Japan is one of the countries with so many lovely sightseeing spots. Infusing with traditional temples⛩, solemn castles🏯 and beautiful parks🌳, the unique autumn ambiance in Japan is what you must experience once in a life time!

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Categorised as a UNESCO world heritage site, the small mountain village with an iconic "praying hands" styled roof looks much more spectacular when merging into the autumn scenery.

⏰Operating Time: 24 hours

📍Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu Prefecture 501-5600, Japan.

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The symbolic castle of Osaka is incredibly beautiful while its surrounding foliage that changes colour with seasons is also awe-inspiring.

⏰Operating Time: 9AM - 5PM (Daily)

📍1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan.

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The 100m-long-spanning Tsutenkyo Bridge, looks equally spectacular as the temple with the autumn colours. This place is easily accessible with around 10 min walk from Tofukuji station.

⏰Operating Time: 9AM - 4:30PM (Daily)

📍Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0981 Japan.

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Not just watching autumn foliage, you can also watch and interact with free-roaming deer in this public park.

⏰Operating Time: 24 hours

📍Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

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The chalky white castle is coated with green in summer, but aflame with vivid reds, oranges and yellows in the wonderful autumn.

⏰Operating Time: 9AM-5:30PM (Daily)

📍Ichibancho, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture, 640-8146, Japan.

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Before you visit its Great Buddha Hall which famed as the world’s largest wooden structure, you might be enchanted by the bright autumnal foliage nearby the temple.

⏰Operating Time: 7:30AM - 5:30PM (Daily)

📍406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan.

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One of the extremely crowded sites to view cherry blossom in Kyoto, the public park is also bustling during the fall.

⏰Operating Time: 24 hours

📍Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0071, Japan.

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With a cooler, more comfortable temperature and unbeatable autumnal view, you just gonna expect this prime viewing spot gonna be crowded than ever.

⏰Operating Time: 8:30AM - 5PM (Daily)

📍2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402, Japan.

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You need to make a reservation while visiting the palace, but not if you just wanna witness how the colour of fall paints its spacious garden.

⏰Operating Time: 9AM - 4:30PM (Daily, except for Mon)

📍3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan.

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This university has a unique avenue of Ginkgo trees that lined along the roadside. While turning golden, you can walk under the foliage and indulge in the romantic vibe.

⏰Operating Time: 24 hours

📍5 Chome Kita 8 Jonishi, Kita, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0808, Japan.

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