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Autumn leaves (koyo)

Japanese maple (momiji)

Colorful leaves (koyo) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities.

Each year, starting in mid September, the "koyo front" slowly moves southwards from the northern island of Hokkaido until it reaches the lower elevations of central and southern Japan towards the end of November. Some trees around Tokyo and Kyoto remain colorful into early December.

Guide to Autumn Colors:

Autumn Color Reports 2013
December 11
Tokyo
December 10
Kyoto
December 6
Kamakura
December 3
Tokyo
November 29
Kyoto
November 28
Kanazawa
November 27
Osaka
November 26
Kyoto
November 26
Tokyo
November 22
Kyoto
November 21
Miyajima
November 20
Tokyo
see all reports - see 2012 reports - schedule of upcoming reports

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