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9 Amazing places to enjoy incredible autumn colors near Tokyo (Japan)!

— Choose from astonishing autumn colors near Tokyo —
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① See the amazing autumn scenery in 'Nikko'

Japanese: 日光(栃木県)

Autumn colors in Japan (Ryuzu Falls)

Ryuzu no Taki
(Ryuzu Falls)

Beautiful autumn colors in Nikko (Irohazaka, Japan)

Irohazaka
(Irohazaka Road)

Autumn colors in Japan at lake Chuzenji (Chuzenji Lake)

Chuzenjiko
(Chuzenji Lake)

Autumn color near Tokyo (Kegon Falls)

Kegon no Taki
(Kegon Falls)

Introducing the ✨Ultimate Fall Foliage Destinations…

Savor the 🎨Colors of Fall in 🍁Nikko!

🍃🍂Come visit Nikko to experience its beloved 🍁autumn colors near Tokyo!

As if to celebrate the end of the sizzling summer, the following spots in Nikko (north of Tokyo) transform into a ✨mesmerizing world splashed with 🍁🍂orange, yellow, gold, red… and a mix of everything😍

Each area has its own ✨unique appeal— check out the waterfalls & lakes to witness dynamic collaborations with the vibrant fall colors! While 🚗driving is also an option (arrive early to avoid the traffic!), you can enjoy 🚲bike rides with magnificent autumn color views✨. 📷

Capture the gorgeous fall 🎨“palette” and bring back the most colorful fall memories!

Ryuzu no Taki (Ryuzu Falls)

Nikko Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Pref. 321-1661

End of Sep- Early Oct

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

JR Nikko Station & Tobu Nikko Station

[By train & bus]

From JR Nikko Sta. or Tobu Nikko Sta., take the bus towards Yumoto Onsen and get off at Ryuzu no Taki bus stop (60min). 

+81-288-22-1525
(Nikko Tourism)

Irohazaka (Irohazaka Road)

Hosoomachi, Nikko City, Tochigi Pref. 321-1445

Mid Oct – End of Oct

Not may places to walk around as it is a road, but you can enjoy the scenery from a car or bus.

JR Nikko Station & Tobu Nikko Station

[By train & bus]

From JR Nikko Sta. or Tobu Nikko Sta., take the Tobu bus towards Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen and you will go up Irohazaka Road (40min). 

+81-288-22-1525
(Nikko Tourism)

Chuzenjiko (Chuzenji Lake)

Nikko Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Pref. 321-1661

Mid Oct – End Oct

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

JR Nikko Station & Tobu Nikko Station

[By train & bus]

From JR Nikko Sta. or Tobu Nikko Sta., take the Tobu bus towards Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen and get off at Chuzenji Onsen bus stop. (45min).

+81-288-22-1525
(Nikko Tourism)

Kegon no Taki (Kegon Falls)

Nikko Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Pref. 321-1661

Mid Oct – End Oct

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

JR Nikko Station & Tobu Nikko Station

[By train & bus]

From JR Nikko Sta. or Tobu Nikko Sta., take the Tobu bus towards Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen and get off at Chuzenji Onsen bus stop. (45min) and walk 5 min.

+81-288-22-1525
(Nikko Tourism)

② Enjoy the fantastic autumn view from the top of 'Tanigawadake (Mt. Tanigawa)'

Japanese: 谷川岳(群馬県)

Get lost in 🍂 Rust Red 🍂 on the Everest of the East

– 🏔️ Mt. Tanigawa

🍂🍁⛰️Visit Mt.Tanigawa only a few hours from Tokyo in the 🍂 fall and see the 🌲 mountain foliage change color into 🍁 rust red and burnt orange, turning the surrounding mountain ridges and valleys into a ✨colorful dreamy land!

An observatory with 🏔️rugged peaks of the Japanese Alps can be reached by 🚠 Tanigawa Ropeway or 🚶 hiking. 👀Looking into the distance from the top of Mt.Tanigawa, you won’t regret the dramatic landscape covered in velvet red of 🍂 fallen leaves💖!!

🏔️At hight of 1,977m, Mt.Tanigawa is an iconic 🏞️ destination recommended all year around which also offers great hiking courses that satisfy Intermediate and Advance hikers. Make sure to check our Hiking section (Intermediate hiking / Advanced hiking ) for more info about this.

Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma Pref. 379-1728

End Oct – Early Nov

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

JR Minakami Station

[By train, bus & ropeway]

At Minakami Sta. (JR Jyoetsu Line), take the Kanetsu bus to Tanigawadake Ropeway (25 min). Get off at Tanigawadake Ropeway and take the Ropeway to Tenjindaira.

 

 
+81 0278-72-3537 (Tanigawadake Ropeway)

③ Experience astonishing autumn beauty at 'Ikaho Onsen'

Japanese: 伊香保温泉(群馬県)

Autum colors nearby Tokyo (Ikaho Onsen)

🍁 ♨Relax under Stunning Autumn Foliage in a Traditional Onsen Town♨🍁

Come relax in beautiful Ikaho Onsen near Tokyo (just north of Tokyo)!🚄

This quaint onsen town is an original Edo outpost, and still contains some beautiful traditional architecture.🏯 In the Fall, this picturesque town erupts in red and orange, making it one of the favorite ‘power spots’ for Japanese and tourists alike. 🍁

🍂Gaze through a curtain of leaves from the famous public hot spring, and be sure to catch the nighttime illumination over Kajika Bridge for a uniquely Japanese fall experience. 🎇The nighttime illumination runs from the end of October to mid of Nov (subject to change depending on weather conditions).📆

This natural splendor is one of a kind and should not be missed!

Kajikabashi
(Kajika Bridge)

590 Ikaho, Ikahomachi, Shibukawa city, Gunma Pref. 377-0102

End Oct – Early Nov

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

2 hours 30 min

Shibukawa Station (JR Jyoetsu Line,)

[By train, bus ]

Take the Bus from JR Shibukawa Sta. to Ikaho Onsen bus stop (25 min) and walk 15 min.

+81 279-72-3151
(Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association)

Uenoyama Koen
(Uenoyama Park)

Ikaho, Ikahomachi, Shibukawa city, Gunma Pref. 377-0102

End Oct – Early Nov

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

2 hours 30 min

Shibukawa Station (JR Jyoetsu Line,)

[By train, bus ]

Take the Bus from JR Shibukawa Sta. (25 min) and ride the ropeway (4min).

+81 279-72-3151
(Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association)

④ Refresh your mind and body at 'Shiobara Onsen'

Japanese: 塩原温泉(栃木県)

❤️ A Dive Into the 🌈 Paradise of ♨️ Hot Springs with Over 1200 Years of History near Tokyo ❤️

As fall comes to ‘Shiobara Onsen’, the 🍁 maple leaves start coloring the mountain slopes into vivid red and 🍂burnt orange, adding more charm to an exclusive hot spring experience❗

After 📸 catching the mind-blowing view from the 🌉suspension bridge across the valley, choose from one of the 11 types of hot springs ♨️ Shiobara Onsen offers and relax to your heart’s content! 😍

The surrounding gorgeous 🏞️forested gorge and the view of the valley stream is sure to add a more rustic atmosphere to your perfect urban get-away!

Momijidani Otsuribashi
(Momijidani Suspension Bridge)

1425-60 Sekiya, Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Pref. 329-2801

Early Nov – Mid Nov

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

2 hours 30 min

Nasushiobara Station (JR Line, Shinkansen)

[By train, bus ]

Take the JR Bus from JR Nasushiobara Sta. to  Momijidani Otsuribashi  bus stop (50 min).

+81 287-32-4000
(Shiobara Onsen Tourist Association)

Mikaeri no Taki
(Mikaeri Falls)

Sekiya, Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Pref. 329-2801

End of Oct – Mid Nov

1-2 days (including surrounding areas)

2 hours 30 min

Nasushiobara Station (JR Line, Shinkansen)

[By train, bus ]

Take the JR Bus from JR Nasushiobara Sta. to  Mikaeribashi bus stop (50 min) .

+81 287-32-4000
(Shiobara Onsen Tourist Association)

⑤ Enjoy the colored leaves at 'Tsukubasan (Mt. Tsukuba)'

Japanese: 筑波山(茨城県)

🏔️Mr. Tsukuba is Calling!
🎈Immerse Yourself in the Natural Color and Autumn Views 🎈

As the saying goes, 🌋 Mount Fuji to the west and 🏔️ Mount Tsukuba to the east.

Mt. Tsukuba near Tokyo, offers superb wide-spreading views and numerous 🚶 hiking trails. When 🍁autumn🍁comes, the whole mountain will have its transition into a 🌈 wonderland of golden orange.

👣Hiking up to the mountain top is considered suitable for all fit hikers, even if you are a novice on the mountain! If the day is clear, you will have a full 📸 panoramic view of the Kanto plain through the gorgeous 🍂 autumn foliage✨.

Why not pick a day and come share the beauty of nature with us 💚!

Tsukuba, Tsukuba city, Ibaraki Pref. 300-4352

⑥ Be amazed at the autumn colors of 'Hananuki Keikoku (Hananuki Valley)'

Japanese: 花貫渓谷(茨城県)

❤️Fall in Love with 🍂Colored Leaves Along with the Fantastic Waterfalls❤️

The 🍂Autumn in Hananuki Valley is breathtaking and majestic✨! With all the autumn 🍁maple leaves taking over the place, adding different layers of color to the 🏞️picturesque gorge.

The stunning scenery stretches from 🏕️Kotakizawa Campground to the Shiomi Waterfalls, you can simply 🚶hike through the woods and get a full experience with the majestic changing color leaves!

Another draw of Hananuki Valley is the 60-meter long 🌉suspension bridge crossing the crystal clear Hananuki river, from where you can overlook the Shiomi Waterfall as well as a 👀close-up view of multicolored leaves!

The 🎉Autumn Leaves Festival is held annually in November.

Ono, Takahagi city, Ibaraki Pref. 318-0103

⑦ Enjoy the river and beautiful autumn leaves at 'Nagatoro' in Chichibu

Japanese: 長瀞 (埼玉県)

Take a 💕romantic stroll under the 🍁auburn sky of Nagatoro.

If visiting 🗼Tokyo during the 🍁🍂fall, a visit to appreciate the autumn colors near Tokyo in Nagatoro, is a must❗

Although Nagatoro offers great 🌿nature activities throughout the year it’s especially known for its beautiful 🍁fall foliage🍂! In November, the 🍂autumn leaves of Tsukinoishi Momiji Park are of one of Japan’s most ✨beautiful locations. The 🌳🌲trees are lit up during the evening so visitors can enjoy the magical scenes of both 🌞day and 🌙night.

Why not rent a 🚗car and drive through the mountain ranges or take a gondola ride through the valley to experience the epic 🍁autumn colors ? Or even hire a 🚴bicycle (rentals available!), hop on the 🚣riverboat, or just 🚶wander around!

So Much to Do and See in Nagatoro❗

947 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Pref. 369-1305

⑧ Enjoy a romantic evening at 'Musashi-Kyuryo National Park'

Japanese: 国営武蔵丘陵森林公園(埼玉県)

🍁Experience a Fall Fantasy in Musashi-Kyuryo National Park!🍁

Come stand in 😮awe of nature’s autumn spectacle❗

🍃🍁🍂Over 22 varieties of Maple trees line the Maple Display Garden, painting the surroundings in rich reds and oranges that will leave you speechless!

For an extra special treat, go at 🌙night and enjoy the ✨illumination extravaganza! 🏮Lanterns light your path through this fairytale display of natural beauty, as the leaves carpet the ground below and lights shine on the canopy above. It is truly a magical world not to be missed!!

1920 Yamada, Namegawa-town, Hiki-gun, Saitama Pref. 355-0802

⑨ Quietly appreciate the autumn beauty at 'Heirinji (Heirinji Temple)'

Japanese: 平林寺(埼玉県)

✨ A Peaceful Retreat for 🍂 Autumn Color Hunters ✨!

– Fill Your Memory with 🍁 Momiji Maple 🍁 at Heirinji Temple –

Heirinji Temple is certainly a noteworthy place to visit in the 🍂🍁 autumn foliage season! When the fall comes around, the surrounding 🌲 woods of the temple will be gradually transformed by brilliant hues of red, making the scenery look like a fairy tale come true!

Unlike other tourist spots, Heirinji Temple is also an active Zen temple. You can witness practicing Buddhists while admiring the enchanted autumn foliage. Set 😌 your mind free and let the beauty of nature and sacred 🌀spirits lead you into a land full of peace and joy 🎈!

Opposite to Heirinji Temple, ✨🌙nighttime illuminations will cast on Suisokuken, showing a different tone of 🍁maple leaves and offering its visitors a beautiful experience

3-1-1 Hibitome, Niiza City, Saitama Pref. 352-0011

Map of incredible Autumn Colors near Tokyo

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