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Autumn Foliage Forecast 2006
famous viewing spots and color changing forecast
- Early to Mid November -
Kyoto Prefecture
Takao | Kyoto City
Jjingoji Temple Autumn Leaves
<Early November>
Takao, Makino-o and Togano-o, the three ridges on the southeast side of Mt. Takaosan are famous areas for autumn colored leaves. Particularly in the precincts of Jingoji Temple, a range of maple trees freely stretch their branches and creates a brilliant mood of the ancient capital. Along Kiyotakigawa River there are walking and hiking courses and you can easily enjoy the autumn leaves. For there are restaurants, tea houses and accommodation, you can explore the area for an entire day.

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Arashiyama | Kyoto City

<Mid November>
You can get the very best view of Arashiyama when you stand back and put the Togetsukyo bridge in front of the hillside of Arashiyama full of red and yellow trees. It is only 375 meters high and is part of a mountain range formed by mountains of similar scale, but is a very famous mountain sung in many Japanese poems and songs from the ancient ages. On the second Sunday of November, the Arashiyama Momiji Festival is held where the scene of the gorgeous picture scroll is re-created in reality with a boat on Oikawa River. Arashiyama is not only the name for the mountain but also for the entire neighborhood as well. There are a number of scenic and historical spots and also temples. In spring the mountain gets embellished with astonishing cherry blossoms.
Autumn Leaves of Tenryuji Temple
Tokyo Prefecture
Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of Science The University of Tokyo (Koishikawa Botanical Gardens) | Bunkyo-ku

The site of Koishikawa Botanical Gardens belonged to the fifth Edo Shogun, and after his death became a herb farm. With 300 years of history, it is the oldest botanical garden in Japan. Now it has about 1,400 kinds of trees and you can enjoy colored leaves in every bit of the garden. Especially recommended is the area near the glasshouse where Japanese maple and lime trees unsoaringly boast their vivid red and soft yellow leaves. The view seen from the pond is also very pretty. Although it is situated in the heart of Tokyo, the garden is uncrowded and provides a quiet atmosphere for couples to spend time.
Yoyogi Park | Shibuya-ku

Yoyogi Park, with its area of 540,000 square meters, is one of the largest parks in central Tokyo. The park is rich in trees including 1,000 zelkova trees, 200 ginko trees and 100 Japanese maple trees which all turn red and gold in autumn. The best spots to appreciate autumn leaves are the zelkova woods on the Harajuku side, the thicket near the West Gate and the Himalayan cedar trees near the cycling center. There are tons of benches and grass fields inside the park, so you can sit down and relax pretty much anywhere, or take a walk among the tall and thick trees. In spring you can also have a fabulous view cherry blossoms on 618 cherry trees.
Denen Chofu | Ota-ku

Denen Chofu, especially the western side of the station, is widely known as a rich and quiet neighborhood. 3 of the 5 main roads radiating from the station have abundant ginko trees and in autumn the roads turn into stretchs of golden tunnels. The trees go with the residences so beautifully, that Denen Chofu had been awarded the Best City Scenery in 1991. The beauty has not changed since then, and especially the view on the far-left road of the 5 is the best.
Koishikawa Korakuen | Bunkyo-ku
Designated as a special historic spot and special place of scenery, Koishikawa Korakuen is a Japanese Garden with rich Chinese flavor and astonishing view. Once you set your foot inside, you can hardly believe you’re still in the heart of the city. In autumn the 570 maple trees and approx. 300 zelkowa trees unveil splendorous beauty and particularly the view from Togetsukyo Bridge is worth having. The name Korakuen means “to fall behind power and drown in pleasure.”

Photo: Korakuen Autumn 2005
Kanagawa Prefecture
Kewaizaka | Kamakura City

You simply cannot miss Kewaizaka if you want to enjoy the autumn beauty of Kamakura. It’s located on the way from Zeniarai Benten to Genjiyama Park, and has a 50-meter-chain of red Japanese maple leaves, but is also a wild area with rough rocks showing their surfaces. There are several historical legends telling stories about this “slope”. The end of the slope is Genjiyama Park which has a fine view and is a good place to have a picnic. The slope is very steep in some places and gets slippery in rainy weather so it would be better to wear a pair of sneakers when walking through Kewaizaka.

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Aichi Prefecture
Kourankei Gorge | Asuke Town

Kourankei Gorge located in Asuke town, the eastern end of Aichi prefecture, has been known as a famous place for colored leaves from long ago. It is created by the erosion of the rivers Asukegawa and Tomoegawa, and the 1km-long gorge between Tomoe bridge and Kouran bridge is called Kourankei. The legend says that a Buddhist monk planting maple trees as he chanted the Buddhist sutra along the river is the beginning of this rich nature and scenery. A red tunnel covers the gorge as to match with the red bridge. There is a hot spring resort nearby which is said to have good effects on nerve pain and rheumatism.

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