[2018 Edition] 3 Must-Visit Spots in the Kanto Region for Fall Foliage in October
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 1 out of 5, focusing on the Kanto region where you'll find cities like Tokyo and Yokohama. Keep reading to find out more!
Oct 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.
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 this October
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. If you're in Kanto this October and in the mood for some beautiful autumn scenery, read ahead!
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 nemophilia flowers in the spring. While you won't get to see fields of blue in the autumn, you can see gorgeous red and pink nemophilia 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 30km 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?
Since you'll be playing in the great outdoors, it's important to come prepared for the chilly autumn months. We promise that the following article will become your savior when in Yokohama!
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?
The northern part of the Kanto region is largely unexplored, yet it is full of places like Nasu Kogen. Check out what other amazing spots it has to offer through the article below!
As you can see, the Kanto region is full of momiji-gari spots. Some of them are a bit far away, but their beauty makes them well worth the trek. If you're in the middle of planning your Japan autumn-leaf viewing itinerary for October, refer to this article and all of our upcoming articles!
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.