Japan’s Fall Foliage: The Cherry Blossoms’ Better Half

Newsletter No. 18 - October 2014
Kôyô, autumn in Japan  
 Touched by the Tree Leaves

The beauty of the colors that adorn the trees in the fall is fleeting, and the Japanese have made a feast of contemplating the passage of time: momijigari, or hunting koyo, the changing leaves.
Autumn is one of the best seasons to travel in Japan and admire its beauty in a red-orange light!

Autumn in the Japanese Metropolis

Who would have thought that the hectic Japanese capital is the ideal place to admire the changing leaves of fall?
Don't miss the splendeurs of Koyo in the parks and gardens of Tokyo with this selection of the best Koyo spots in 2014!


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Kyoto in Autumn  
Kyoto and Its Colors

Is there a more beautiful setting than that of the ancient Japanese capital as its leaves turn to red and gold? With more trees than its successor, Tokyo, Kyoto has a a wide variety of spots to admire the kōyō: parks, gardens, and nearby forests, nature is present throughout the entire city. Japan Experience has selected a few of the best places to see the kōyō in this city.

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+ Consult our Japan pros

+ View others' questions and answers for in-depth discussion and understanding
Video: Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
Video Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
Located in the heart of Kyoto, just a few minutes away from the Gion district, is the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa, a simple and refined accommodation. From here, discover all the charms and historical sites of the ancient imperial capital, and after a long day of sightseeing, relax in the hotel’s elegant spa.

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+ This hotel is an option on our tours!

+ One minute from the Kamogawa River

En Route for Kyushu
Kyushu Drive pass It's now possible to cruise the major motorway network of Kyushu for a single fare.
A new highway pass will allow you to travel freely around the southernmost island of Japan and discover Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Nagasaki at discounted prices!
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+ A new wind is blowing across the roads of Kyushu

+ Travel Kyushu for cheap with this new pass!
The Yokohama Triennale is almost over!
Yokohama Traennale There's only a month left to attend the Yokohama Triennale, one of the largest contemporary art exhibits of Japan. The program includes expositions, performances, and experiences created by more than 70 artists from sixty different countries. The theme this year is "forgotten," but that's no reason to miss this event!

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+ Quirky, fresh, and vibrant, the Triennale has it all

+ Contemporary art exhibitions both accessible and entertaining
 A Parade of History
Jidai matsuri 2014 During the Jidai Matsuri, more than 2,000 participants dress in traditional Japanese dress from all eras of history between 794 and 1868 and parade down the streets of Kyoto from the Imperial Palace Park to Heian Jingu. Don't miss this display, unlike any other, on October 22nd!

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+ A fun and lively way to discover the history of Japan

+ Continue the party at the Kurama Fire Festival!
 In the Heart of Gion

House Gion Jizo

A blend of modernity and traditional Japanese style, our new house has arrived: Gion Jizo. Designed to fit up to four people, this house features rooms as comfortable as they are functional.  Ideally located in the geisha district, this house is just minutes away on foot from Kiyomizu-dera, the incredible temple from the 8th century. It's also very close to Kodaiji, another bewitching temple with subtle charms.

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