4 tops spots for autumn leaf peeping

11 Oct 2017 in Just Relax

It’s prime season for momijigari (leaf peeping)! Discover our pick of Japan’s most spectacular spots for admiring the autumn colours.


Our selection:

1 – Hokkaido’s highlands

Head to Hokkaido for Japan’s earliest autumn colours.

Hokkaido mountains

Daisetsuzan national Park is Hokkaido's largest national park

From mid-September, the spectacular Daisetsuzan National Park is a riot of reds and yellows, best enjoyed from its hiking trails.

Where? Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, gateway to the mountains.

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

2 – Lake Towada

Located in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park in northern Honshu, this lake is famed for its deep blue colour and rugged beauty.

Lake on Honshu island

Towada-Hachimantai National Park lake

Beech and birch forests line the shores, making Towada a prime autumn destination, especially on the Oirase stream hiking trail.

Where? Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, a 20-minute drive away.

Hotel in Towada, Aomori prefecture

3 – Arashiyama, Kyoto

Kyoto’s western Arashiyama district is famed for its forested mountains, with momiji maples covering the hillside in reds and yellows from early November.

The best way to see the colours?

Sagano railway

River in Kyoto, Japan

Take a trip on the Sagano Romantic Train or along the Hozugawa river.

Where? HOSHINOYA Kyoto: the short boat ride there provides photo opportunities aplenty!


4 – Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route

Using a combination of trolley buses, trains and cable cars, this spectacular mountain route forges a path through dramatic scenery in the Northern Japan Alps.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route


Thanks to differences in elevation (from sea level to over 3000 metres), it offers up stunning autumn colours from September to early November.

Where? Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps: book now for next year’s colours following its grand reopening December 21, 2017.

Hoshino Resorts KAi Alps


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