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Autumn leaves can be enjoyed in various ways. Early in the season, the colors are mostly found in the mountains where entire slopes turn orange, yellow and red, and provide some of the most amazing seasonal sceneries. Hiking is the most rewarding way to see the colorful leaves in the mountains, but many spots can also be conveniently reached by train, bus or ropeway.

Later in the season, the colors descend into Japan's cities, where they can be viewed in parks and gardens. Among the highlights are the autumn colors in the temples gardens of Kyoto where they beautifully complement with the buildings' elegant architecture. Almost surreal is the sight of the trees during evening illuminations, which are held at selected spots.

Below is a list of some of the best autumn color spots across Japan:
Hokkaido - Tohoku - Tokyo - Around Tokyo - Central Japan - Kyoto - Western Japan

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Hokkaido

Noboribetsu

Early to mid October

Onuma Park••

Mid to late October

Tohoku

Naruko Gorge

Late October to early November

Urabandai

Early to late October

Tokyo

Rikugien••

Late November to early December

Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Avenue)

Late November to early December

Mount Takao

Mid to late November

More autumn color spots in Tokyo...

Around Tokyo

Oze

Late September to mid October

Mount Tanigawadake

Mid to late October

Shosenkyo Gorge

Late October to mid November

Hakone

Early to late November

Kamakura

Late November to mid December

Central Japan

Korankei

Mid to late November

Kyoto

Tofukuji•••

Mid to late November

Arashiyama•••

Late November to early December

Kiyomizudera••

Late November to early December

Eikando••

Late November to early December

Yoshiminedera••

Mid to late November

More autumn color spots in Kyoto...

Western Japan (except Kyoto)

Minoo Park

Late November

Koyasan

Late October to mid November

Miyajima

Mid November

Kuju Mountains

Early to mid October

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding