In a region known for its scenery, these hillsides covered in multi-colored fall foliage stand out. Plus, there are boats!
TSUTANUMA LAKE (AOMORI)
When the weather cools, the hillsides surrounding this lake turn a brilliant red-orange, reflecting in the still water.
IROHAZAKA HILL (TOCHIGI)
Hop in the car and take on some hairpin turns to enjoy this scenic hillside's autumn leaves to the fullest.
THE JINGU GAIEN GINKGO AVENUE
Right in a central Tokyo park, these rows of ginkgo trees create a yellow canopy overhead, straight out of a movie.
NAGOYA CASTLE & MEIJO PARK
During Nagoya Castle's yearly autumn festival, autumn leaves surround this historic castle with changing colors.
KITANO TENMANGU SHRINE (KYOTO)
Sip some matcha as you watch the maple leaves drift around this long-standing shrine, before checking out the monthly flea market!
MOMIJIDANI PARK (HIROSHIMA)
People love to see Miyajima's deer (and its famous shrine) all year long, and what's a better backdrop than a maple-filled garden?
IYA VALLEY (TOKUSHIMA)
A valley full of picturesque views, from rushing rivers and the rope bridges above them, to endless fall leaves.
TAKACHIHO GORGE (MIYAZAKI)
Float through this deep gorge, carved out of solidified lava, and don't forget to turn your face upwards to see the seasonal foliage.
Okinawa doesn't have true autumn foliage, but the changing color of the tropical Japanese wax trees is just as beautiful.