After experiencing autumn in various parts of Japan (far from enough), I’m putting together this short post on some wonderful photos of the autumn I saw in Japan! Let’s enjoy some virtual momijigari together – a Japanese term which translates to “going to see the autumn leaves”.
Autumn in Japan –
Stunning, lovely colors of fall season
Mount Takao, Tokyo
I’ve written about hiking Mt Takao before, and went a second time two weeks ago, with my Mum this time. It was sunny, bright and cooling weather – a great memory.
| Check out some tips for doing a day trip to Mt Takao! |
Rikugi-en Park (六義園), Tokyo
You’ve probably seen photos of this park (more than 3 centuries old by now) in Tokyo. When I went two weeks ago, the leaves were not in full autumn peak season yet, but it was still very refreshing to walk around the park and enjoy the landscaping, and some sunshine.
Check out my Instagram post for a unique twist of the photo above!
Ginkgo Avenue (Tokyo)
Not a park, but actually a road with giant trees along both sides of the road, crossing the traffic lights here was an incredible experience (because you gotta cross quickly among the crowds yet also capture photos)!
Easily accessed by train from Shinjuku, Kamakura is a coastal town with many interesting sights, including a Big Buddha, Hokoku-ji temple with a bamboo garden, and more. I’d went Kamakura as a day trip in Nov 2015 and 2017. It was crowded on weekends, I’ll advise you to go on weekdays!
Two hours by highway bus, Fujikawaguchi (also known as Kawaguchiko) is much more relaxed compared to the bustling city that Tokyo is. We climbed up almost 400 steps to get to Chureito Pagoda, the pagoda you often see on Instagram.
It was wet weather when I experienced Arashiyamaya, very different from the bright, sunny photos I saw that feature the famous bamboo grove. However, this is still beautiful to see in autumn, including after sunset, when Hanatouro (a light festival in November) takes place!
View my feature on Hanatouro, the annual lights festival in Kyoto!
Hope you like this little photo diary of autumn shots in Japan!
Mini guides on Japan!
• Tokyo for the first time? Here’s where to go!
• 5 autumn day trip ideas to experience in Tokyo!
• 15 reasons Tokyo is great for solo travel
• My preferred hotel in Tokyo: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
• How to use Japan’s naked baths (onsen)