Autumn in Japan is best known for its breathtaking foliage, a natural phenomenon known as koyo or momiji (meaning red leaf). This incredible time of year boasts blazing red maple leaves set against crisp, bright days. The photo opportunities are not to be missed. This is also the time of year for Momigari, the hunt for the red leaf, which attracts poets, artists, and visitors from all over the world.
October is the best time to visit the historical city of Hiroshima. You’ll enjoy pleasant, temperate days with very little rain as you enjoy the vibrant foliage of the maple trees surrounding Hiroshima castle. Take the time to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and soak up this tangible piece of Japan’s tragic past.
Kanazawa & The Samurai District are a must-have inclusion on any Japan itinerary, especially in the autumn. Visit a legendary samurai residence and then hop over to Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens and the ideal place for a peaceful walk amid the brilliant autumn foliage.