Japan in autumn

After a hot and humid summer, autumn is a season of sunny days and mild temperatures. The Japanese are particularly fond of this colorful season.

Autumn is also the season when art exhibitions, concerts and sport tournaments are blooming in every city. 

Momiji hunting

The Momiji gari, literally “the hunt for the red leaves” refers to the traditional Japanese custom of appreciating the beauty of leaves. From October to late November, the trees become vivid yellow, orange or bright red. They contrast with the emerald green surrounding vegetation. During this period, the ideal activity is walking in the forest or in Japanese gardens. Some temples even offer night visits.

 
 

Romantic walk in Arashiyama, Kyoto

The nice area of Arashiyama is located in the mountains close to the romantic river Hozu, west of Kyoto. This area has been celebrated since the Heian period (794-1185) for its cherry blossoms and momiji. Make the most of the wonderful late November momiji and stroll around the temples or take a short hike through the Iwatayama monkey park. You can admire the magnificent Hozu gorges from a boat or from the scenic railway. 

 

 

Kurama onsen in autumnal colors

The Kurama ryokan offers indoor baths (sauna and Jacuzzi) as well as an outdoor bath with water from a natural source. In the midst of the mountains, Kurama Onsen is an ideal place to relax and admire the temples surrounded by momiji. For 4 800 yen you can enjoy the baths and a delicious and luxurious kaiseki meal.
By train, Kuruma Onsen is only 20 minutes away from Kyoto. 
 

 

 

October 9-10th: Takayama festival

Takayama festival is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It takes place twice a year: mid april and mid October. In autumn, this festival is also called Hachiman festival in reference to the shrine responsible for its organization.
The festival itself is a parade of decorated floats going through the streets of Takayama’s old town. The 6pm parade is spectacular as the floats are illuminated. In order to see this event, it is advisable to book a hotel at least 6 months in advance. 

 

 

A movie set: Nara Park

Ancient capital of Japan, Nara is a lovely city where you can discover many Buddhists temples scattered in a forested park. The park is also home to 1 200 fallows that are considered as Shinto deities.

The town hall terrace and the Wakakusayama wilderness path give a breathtaking view of the forest of splendid trees inhabited by animals.

 

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