Locations to See Koyo

Locations to See Koyo

Locations to See Koyo

During the early phase from late September to early November, koyo is mostly found in the mountainside. Hiking is a popular choice to enjoy the colourful leaves. Alternatively, you can soak in the panoramic autumn vistas in a mountain hot spring. It is also the perfect time to visit shrines and Buddhist temples that are bursting with colour.

In mid to late November, the colours descend into the cities, where they can be enjoyed in parks and gardens.

If your ideal Japanese holiday involves momijigari, these spots can’t be missed!


Nyuto-onsenkyo, Akita

Bathe in brilliant reds and yellows in this hot springs oasis. There are seven hot springs to choose from, including “Hot Spring Taenoyu” which is located along a river to give you unforgettable views of the koyo.

Viewing Period: Mid October to Late October

Access: From Tokyo, 3 hrs to Tazawako via train and 50 mins from Tazawako Station to Nyuto-onsenkyo via bus.

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Hida Takayama, Gifu

Travel back in time to a town lined with old houses, stores and ancient castles with a breathtaking backdrop of mountains. Hida Takayama is ablaze with colour in autumn with many walking trails on offer surrounded by acer, ginkgo and cherry trees.  

Viewing Period: Mid-October to Mid November

Access: From Tokyo, 1 hr 50 mins to Nagoya via train and 2 hrs 20 mins from Nagoya Station to Takayama via train.

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Kamakura, Kanagawa

Kamakura is a town famed for its historic sites and hiking courses dotted with beautiful vistas for the ultimate momijigari experience. Witness the fiery red of the maple leaves at Kakuon-ji Temple and enjoy panoramic views of the autumn foliage at a spot called “Ten-en” situated at the top of the mountain.

Viewing Period: Late November to Mid December

Access: From Tokyo, 50 mins via train to Kita-Kamakura station.

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Rikugien, Tokyo

Fall in love with an enchanted garden built by a shogun during the Edo era. This picturesque spot in the heart of the city features ponds, bridges and 400 maple trees. During the bloom period, there is a daily night show where the trees are illuminated to add atmosphere to your momijigari.  

Viewing Period: Late November to Early December

Access: Take the JR/Tokyo Metro Namboku Line to “Komagome Station”. 7 mins walk from station.

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Hozu Valley, Kyoto

Hozu Valley is made for momijigari. Along the valley of Hozugawa river stands the awe-inspiring sight of mountains draped with the fiery hues of the autumn leaves. The best way to experience Hozu Valley is via an unforgettable ninety-minute river boat ride (kawakudari).

Viewing Period: Late November to Early December

Access: 20 mins from JR Kyoto Station to JR Kameoka Station followed by an 8 min walk to the Kawakudari.

Learn more about Hozugawa