Autumn Foliage Forecast

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Best Autumn Locations

  • Shimizu Park
    Chiba Pref. Nodashi Shimizu 906
    A nature park established in 1894 known as one of the best places for enjoying flowers in the Kanto region. Each year from November to December, the park's ginkgo and Japanese maple trees turn red and yellow; particularly recommended is a fall foliage stroll through an area called Maple Valley. The sight of around 800 maple trees dyeing the entire vicinity a crimson red is nothing less than stunning.
    Best Season
    Late Nov.-Early Dec.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors
  • Iwashimizu Hachimangu
    Kyoto Yawatashi Yawata Takabou 30
    Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto shrine, is considered one of Japan's top three Hachimangu shrines. In autumn, the entirety of Mt. Otoko, the mountain on which the shrine's grounds sprawl, is dyed yellow and crimson, and the view of this from the local cable car is beautiful. In most years the best time to enjoy the foliage is mid-November.
    Best Season
    Mid-Nov.-Early Dec.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors
  • Suma-dera Temple
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Sumaderachou 4-6-8
    The head temple of Suma-dera school of Shingon Sect Buddhism. Most years, the leaves on the trees on the temple's grounds start turning red and yellow around mid-November, reaching their peak around the end of the month. The temple is home to numerous sites affiliated with the famed Genpei and Taira clans, such as the gravesite of the severed head of Taira no Atsumori and a beautiful pine tree where Minamoto no Yoshitsune once rested, and visitors are recommended to leisurely explore the grounds while admiring the lovely autumn foliage.
    Best Season
    Mid-Nov.-Early Dec.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors