October and November usually sees the temperatures cool down and the onset of winter starts. Autumn (when it comes!) is a wonderful time in Japan as the Japanese maple tree sheds its colourful leaves.
The Japanese even have a word for this annual phenomenon – Momijigari (紅葉狩). Vibrant reds, yellows and browns can be seen and many places have their own illumination festivals where the trees are lit up for spectators at night – it is a truly wonderful experience and a must if you travel to Japan during this time of the year.
Places worth visiting to see Momijigari include the traditional capital of Japan – Kyoto, or Nikko which is a train ride away from Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture. Also anywhere in the mountains of Gifu and Nagano in central Japan are well worth a visit.
Check out how beautiful Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) looks in Kyoto…