[2018 Edition] 3 Must-Visit Spots in the Kansai Region for 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. This is Part 2 of the November series, and will focus on the ever-popular Kansai area. Keep reading to find out more!


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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 second 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!). 

Enjoy the Fall Colors in Kansai this November

Savor the Beauty of Kyoto in the Fall at Arashiyama (Kyoto)

Arashiyama, a district on the outskirts of Kyoto, is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto for its beautiful nature and several temples, such as Tenryu-ji, Jojakko-ji, Nishonin, and Gio-ji. 

Arashiyama is especially known for showing off a different, stunning landscape during each of the four seasons. In the fall, you will be spellbound by the view of the whole area painted in the golds and crimsons of autumn. 

One of the most popular spots to view the autumn foliage is from the famous Togetsu Bridge (pictured above). It is also possible to take a cruise on a river boat and enjoy the scenery from the water. Make sure to bring a coat though, as it can get quite chilly, even in the fall! 

If you're in the Arashiyama area for fall foliage viewing, why not stop by one of the best affordable steak restaurants in all of Kyoto? Read all about it in the following Weekly Digest article, which also covers some other topics trending on Japanese social media.