[2021 Edition] 3 Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots in the Kanto Region for October

Japan is known for its gorgeous fall scenery. Every year, many tourists fly to the country just to get a glimpse of it. It's said that the best time to view the fall foliage in Japan is from early October all the way to the end of November, but this is actually a very rough estimate, as it wildly differs by region. Let us take a bit of the guesswork out of your travel planning through this short list of our top fall foliage spots in the Kanto region—home to big cities like Tokyo and Yokohama—for October. Even if you can't come to Japan in time to see these spots, they're always worth putting on your travel plans for next time!


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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 2021. 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.

If you're not into viewing the fall colors, there are several other reasons why you should visit Japan in the autumn. Just check out the article below!

Savor the Fall Colors in the Kanto Region

The following three "momiji-gari" (autumn-leaf viewing) spots are all located in the Kanto region of Japan. This centrally-located region includes the megacities of Tokyo and Yokohama, making it the most populated region in all of Japan.

Stroll Through Magical Kochia Fields at Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki)

While most people probably think of trees when it comes to fall foliage, there are actually many types of plants and landscapes that show off a unique and stunning appearance in the autumn. One such example is the kochia bush (called "hokigusa" in Japanese), which turns a bright red color in the fall.

Hitachi Seaside Park, a nature park in Ibaraki Prefecture, is quite well known for its magnificent display of kochia in the fall. The kochia field there is almost 2 hectares in area, containing around 32,000 individual bushes. They are at their brightest around mid-October, so do try to make the trip before it's too late!

The nature park is also famous for its field of blue nemophila flowers in the spring. While you won't get to see fields of blue in the autumn, you can see gorgeous red and pink nemophila alongside the kochia bushes!

Speaking of flowers, do you know the names and meanings of famous Japanese flowers? If not, you'll want to read the article below!

Visit Kodomonokuni for a Fun-filled Day Surrounded by Fall Foliage (Kanagawa)

This expansive park located just 30 km from Tokyo is a perfect autumn spot for families. It has a variety of installations, such as sports facilities, wide open spaces for picnics, camping sites, playgrounds, a petting zoo, a mini railway, and much more!

In the fall, the first variety of flora to show off its beautiful fall colors in Kodomonokuni is katsura (Japanese Judas tree). There are a variety of places within the huge 240 acre park to see the katsura, so why not set aside a whole day to enjoy all the park's attractions while seeing how many katsura trees you can spot?

Soar Above a Sea of Orange at Nasu Kogen (Tochigi)

If you don't mind traveling to be able to experience vast nature and gorgeous autumn views, Nasu Kogen is for you. It is about 2.5 hours from the center of Tokyo, and its main attraction is the Nasu Kogen Ropeway that will take you to the peak of Mt. Nasudake.

On the way up, you will be able to get stunning views of the stunning gold foothills. The fall foliage in this area is the brightest from early to mid-October, so try to go around that time for the best views. There are also many hot springs (onsen) in the area, so how about visiting an onsen hotel for a soak?


Do you have plans to visit other parts of Japan as well sometime during the autumn? In that case, you definitely need to check out our other top October fall foliage picks in other parts of Japan:

Kansai region
Koshinetsu region
Hokkaido region


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