Popular & Photogenic Autumn Leaves Spots You Can Reach in Just Few Hours from Tokyo!

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Popular & Photogenic Autumn Leaves Spots You Can Reach in Just Few Hours from Tokyo!

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If you are traveling Japan during autumn season, you cannot miss “Koyo”, colored autumn leaves. Late September to early November is the perfect time to go see autumn leaves all over the Japan!

Many of the travelers might spend their time in Tokyo and there are some places you can enjoy autumn leaves. However, if you take just 2-3 hours short trip to outside of Tokyo, you will be able to have more wild and beautiful autumn leaves!

One of the convenient plans to explore autumn leaves near Tokyo area is to use Tobu Railway discount pass, which winds through Tokyo and four surrounding prefectures. These areas are full of World Heritage Sites and picturesque scenery that are reachable from the heart of the city in just around two hours!

See more information about the discount pass :

Here are some spots of beautiful autumn leaves where you can go with the discount pass!


Nikko and the Kinugawa

This locale is a source of pride for Japan, boasting temples and shrines that truly give visitors a sense of Japan’s long history and abundant nature. With numerous historical buildings, including the famed World Heritage Site of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, along with amazing natural beauty in every season of the year, visitors are sure to be charmed no matter when they visit! And, located a mere two hours by train away from Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture, this is an area that you can easily visit.

Lake Chūzenji (Best visited early to late October)

Lake Chūzenji is the premier lake of Nikko National Park. Red, yellow, and orange leaves reflect brilliantly on the surface of the lake. Pleasure cruises run on the lake and during the fall they offer a special Autumn Leaves Tour that lets passengers see the leaves at their most beautiful. You can leisurely enjoy the fall colors from the lake that stretch as far as the eye can see.


Senjōgahara and Odashirogahara (Best visited late September to early October)


These locations are two of Japan’s prominent wetlands. You can view the changing colors of the wetland grasses along with great hiking trails for viewing the fall colors. The nature trails provide a pleasant two-hour excursion, winding through the wetlands and surrounded by natural beauty!

Explore the Extensive Nikko and Kinugawa Area with a Discount Pass
1. All Nikko Pass: A 4 day pass with savings of ¥1,600 that gives unlimited rides on the trains and buses in the Nikko and Kinugawa area.
2. 2 Day Nikko Pass: A 2 day pass with savings of ¥550 that gives unlimited rides on the trains and buses in the Nikko and Kinugawa area.
See more details about Discount Pass :

Nikko Kinugawa travel guide website :


Nasu Ropeway (Best visited late September to mid-October)

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In the city of Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture, you can experience a four-minute aerial trip aboard the Nasu Ropeway gondola, the largest in Kanto, with a capacity of 111 passengers. Travel close to the summit of Chausudake, the highest peak of the Nasu mountain range and the Kanto area’s premier active volcano. From the gondola, observe the beauty of the crimson-dyed azaleas in autumn, as well as Kanto’s famed Mt. Tsukuba, Mt.Yamizo and other mountains, and the city of Shirakawa in Fukushima Prefecture in the south of the Tohoku area!

Nasu kogen pamflet PDF download :

Zao Onsen

Area Around Zao Ropeway Mountain View Line and Summit Line (Best visited late September to early November)

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This group mountain resort located in Yamagata Prefecture is the largest in Tohoku and has served as a trailhead since the Edo period. It also known due to its selection by CNN as one of Japan’s 31 most beautiful places! Visitors can enjoy walks along the plateau and visits to multiple hot springs in the hot spring district. Starting from the summit, the flowers form a beautiful gradation of yellow, orange, red, and brick red, giving visitors a truly stunning view. And nothing could be better for viewing these vivid fall colors than a ride along the ropeway. Take in the gorgeous layer after layer of autumn leaves that evoke a masterful piece of art.

Zao Ropeway website :


Kitain Temple Autumn Colors (Best visited mid-November to early December)

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Kitain is a temple with long-held ties to the Tokugawa family, and is famous across Japan for its many cultural treasures and Edo period feel. Its Gohyakurakan, one of Japan’s three great collections of Arhat statues, holds 538 stone Buddhas which express the entire range of human emotions captured perfectly in their expertly carved faces. When they are surrounded by the vivid fall colors, they even seem to take on different expressions.

Kitain website :

Did you find any place you want to visit? Even if you don’t have enough time, it takes just few hours from Tokyo, so don’t miss this opportunity! Enjoy autumn feeling by seeing beautiful autumn leaves with reasonable railway ticket!

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