[2018 Edition] 24 Spots Around Japan to View Fall Foliage in November
Many people say that the best time to view fall foliage in Japan is from early October all the way to the end of December. However, this is actually a rough estimate: In reality, it differs by region due to different plant species and climates. We've decided to create the ultimate guide to the best autumn foliage viewing spots in Japan, separated by area and month, for the year of 2018. After posting 3 articles this month highlighting specific areas, we have created this overall guide for all of Japan, which includes the spots we covered in our previous articles along with 15 more selections!
Dec 06 2018 (Sep 09 2020)
Fall Foliage in Japan
The act of viewing autumn leaves is called "momiji-gari" in Japanese. You can find places all over Japan that are famous for their beautiful autumn foliage, including easily-accessible places like city parks and temples to more remote locations like mountain peaks and deep forests. In other words, there should be a spot to satisfy everyone!
The above picture is a forecast map for Japan's fall foliage in 2018. If you're interested in practicing momiji-gari, you need to acquire a good, accurate forecast map. We've done our research, but please keep in mind that the dates are ultimately estimates.
This is the final part of the November edition of this series, but check out the article below to catch up on the October series (and see even more stunning photos of autumn foliage in Japan!).
1. Meijijingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue (Tokyo)
One of the most famous and beautiful fall foliage spots in Japan is also very conveniently located right in the center of Tokyo - how lucky! With such easy access, there really is no reason not to visit here during the peak fall foliage season from late November to early December.
2. Mt. Takao (Tokyo)
Mt. Takao (Takao-san) is an area of such scenic, natural beauty, you will be shocked to learn it's technically inside Tokyo! Be sure to devote at least a half-day to visit this spot, as there are a surprising amount of things to see and do once you get to the top of the mountain via lift or cable car.
3. Lake Kameyama (Chiba)
This is the largest dam lake in Chiba Prefecture. There is plenty to do here - from hiking and camping to canoeing - all throughout the year, but come during the fall to enjoy the most stunning autumn foliage views in Chiba!
For more detailed information about each of these spots: