The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous viewing spots both in the mountains and in the cities.
Autumn leaves can be enjoyed in various ways. During the early phase of 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.
In the second phase of the autumn leaf season, the colors descend into Japan’s cities where they can be viewed in parks and gardens.