2016.09.09 Recommended Destinations for Autumn Leaves!

Autumn leaves (momiji) are one of Japan’s natural wonders. As temperatures go down, green leaves of summer in the mountains and valleys gradually turn into various shades of red and yellow. Let’s grab a light jacket and go out on a “momiji-viewing” trip!

Tohoku area

A Hachimantai
Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture

Erman’s birch and maple trees turn red and the grasses in the marshland turn gold around Hachiman-numa near the Hachimantai summit.
[Access] About 2 hours by route bus or 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from JR Morioka Sta.
http://www.city.hachimantai.lg.jp/sightseeing_foreignlang/en/

B Naruko-kyo Gorge
Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

Staying at a nearby onsen (hot springs) and enjoying looking out at the autumn leaves from an open-air bath is highly recommended.
[Access] 5 minutes by car from Naruko-Onsen Sta. on JR Rikū-East Line from JR Furukawa Sta.
http://en.naruko.gr.jp/spot.html

C Risshakuji Temple (Yamadera)
Yamagata City, Yamagatfa Prefecture

Risshakuji is a historic old temple founded in the 9th century. Go up the 1,015 stone steps to reach the inner sanctuary, and a spectacular view will make all the effort worthwhile.
[Access] Yamadera Sta. on JR Senzan Line from JR Sendai Sta.
http://www.yamaderakankou.com/eng.html

D Tsuruga-jo Castle Park
Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture

From late October to mid-November, the Tsuruga-jo Castle Park is lit up during nighttime.
[Access] 13 minutes by bus from JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Sta.
https://aizuwakamatsu.mylocal.jp/trip/en/

Nagano, Niigata area

E Mt. Hakkaisan
Minami-Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture

The Hakkaisan cable car will take you to the summit station (1,147 m above sea level) in 5 minutes. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view.
[Access] About 30 minutes by bus from Muikamachi Sta. on JR Jōetsu Line from JR Echigo-Yuzawa Sta.
http://snow-country.jp/?a=route&id=23&lang=_en

F Kaikoen at Komoro Castle Site
Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture

Moss-covered stone walls and the magnificent scenery of the Chikuma River running below the bluffs make the site of this ancient castle impressive.
[Access] Komoro Sta. on JR Koumi Line from JR Sakudaira Sta.
http://www.kanko.komoro.org/yokoso-komoro/

G Kiyosato Kogen Plateau
Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture

Why not take a refreshing walk along the paths under autumn leaves in Yamanashi Makiba Park?
[Access] 10 minutes by car from Kiyosato Sta. on JR Koumi Line from JR Kobuchizawa Sta.
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/spot/144.html

H Kirifuri no Taki Falls in Kirifuri Kogen Heights
Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture

The autumn leaves around the Kirifuri no Taki Falls are well worth seeing. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, also famous for its autumn leaves, is also within walking distance.
[Access] 10 minutes by bus from JR Nikkō Sta.
http://nikko-travel.jp/english/attract/sightseeing.html

About “JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)”
Validity: Flexible for 5 days (any five days within 14 days of issuance)
Prices: From overseas: Adults 19,000 yen, Children 9,500 yen / Within Japan: Adults 20,000 yen, Children 10,000 yen

Purchase at: - JR EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
- Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
- Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Fukushima, Sendai, Yamagata, Morioka, Hachinohe, Aomori and Akita)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/
※Purchasing locations subject to change. Information on pp. 10 - 11 is current as of August 2016.


About “JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)”
Validity: Flexible for 5 days (any five days within 14 days of issuance)
Prices: From overseas: Adults 17,000 yen, Children 8,500 yen/ Within Japan: Adults 18,000 yen, Children 9,000 yen

Purchase at: - JR EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
- Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
- Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Niigata and Nagano)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/
※Purchasing locations subject to change. Information on pp. 10 - 11 is current as of August 2016.

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