Japan Autumn Colors( Reports) 2020
27 September, 2020, Mt Asahidake: The colors in the upper elevations of Mt. Asahidake have already reached their peak. To see live images of the mountain, click here.
Please note Asahidake Ropeway is currently in service.
The fall colors in the high elevations of Daisetsuzan National Park would remain at their peak into early October. In the national park, there are many interesting hiking routes and viewpoints to enjoy the fall foliage and beautiful snowy mountain ranges.
8 October, 2020, Sounkyo Kurodake Ropeway: Autumn colors have reach their peak in most of lower elevation of Daisetsuzan National Park. Sounkyo is stunning in early October this year!
12 October, 2020, Nikko: If you are currently living in Tokyo and planning for a trip to see fall foliage, we highly recommend you to visit Nikko. The foliage in Okunikko, the highest area in Nikko, is in peak color now.
16 October, 2020, Akita: Many places in the Tohoku region of Japan are now ablaze with colors.
26 October, 2020, Mount Fuji: Fall colors are looking breathtaking beautiful at the Higher elevation of Mount Fuji. You can visit The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station and enjoy the colors. And it’s anticipated that the Maple Corridor of Lake Kawaguchiko will be at its peak in the mid November.
Autumn Leaves in Japan
Fall in Japan is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The country’s unique geography, with its grand mountains and pristine wilderness, offers up fall foliage that can’t be beat. Various subspecies of maple trees have various colors of leaves: red (koyo), yellow (oyo), and brown (katsuyo). Together, they form a mosaic of color against the wild lush countryside of Japan.
Autumn is one of the most delightful and admiring seasons to experience in Japan. Taking a trip to some areas where leaves have turned red & yellow, especially in the mountains, public parks, or temple & shrine grounds is called momijigari in Japanese.
The beauty of the changing leaves has been memorialized by the Japanese tradition of momijigari, which originated in the Heianperiod (794-1195 AD). Momijigari means ‘red leaf hunting’ and is the term used to describe autumn leaf viewing. Among Buddhists, the experience is a reminder that life is fleeting. It has worked its way into Japanese culture. During the fall, you can enjoy maple leaf-shaped cakes and even find maple leaf tempura, time-honored traditions only found around fall when the leaves change.
The map shown below indicates that how the autumn foliage season of Japan goes downward from the top elevations. Typically, Japan’s autumn foliage season starts in mid September in the Hokkaido region.
The average time for appearing autumn foliage in Japan may vary depending on temperatures. Before you embark on a fall trip to Japan, you should always be aware of the fall foliage forecast.
Usually, it is published in different media such as on TV, newspaper, radio, website and regional tourist information centers throughout Japan.
You can feel the autumn atmosphere in different places from Mid October to Early December except Hokkaido region. Though some part of Kanto and Chubu regions provide plenty of incredible fall colors in early October.
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