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The Best of Japan This Autumn | Autumn Leaves × Hot Springs

Noboribetsu (Jigokudani)

HOKKAIDO

As the autumn approaches, areas close to Jigokudani and Oyunama such as Nanamakado, Yamaurushi and Dakekanba become spectacular sightseeing spots for their beautiful colors.

Best time to see
Early to mid Ocotober
Access
Take a Noribetsu Onsen bound bus from Noboribetsu Station (get off at the last stop, approx. 15 min bus ride).
Local hot springs

Daisetuzan and Sounkyo

HOKKAIDO

Daisetuzan and Sounkyo are some of the first places in Japan where you can see Japan's autumn foliage. The scenic views of the vallies famous to the region and the majestic views of the huge rocks that form a popular photo spot make for an unforgettable trip.

Best time to see
Early to mid October
Access
From JR Kamikawa Station take a bus to Sounkyo Onsen bus stop (approx. 30 min).
Local hot springs

Jozankei

HOKKAIDO

Jozankei is a valley that extends across the upper region of the nature-rich Toyohira river. Conveniently located less than one hour from Sapporo, Jozankei is a popular sightseeing spot that is known as Sapporo's "Okuzashiki"(inner-parlor).

Best time to see
Early to mid October
Access
From Sapporo Station take a bus to Jozankei Yunomachi bus stop (approx. 1 hour 10 min).
Local hot springs

Lake Towada and Oirase Stream

AOMORI

Ride a sightseeing boat across Lake Towada (Towadako) and enjoy the view of the vibrant autumn leaves. Visit Oirase mountain stream which is rich in natural beauty and forms a popular hiking spot.

Best time to see
Lake Towadako: Mid to late October
Oirase Mountain Stream: End of October to early November
Access
From JR Hachinohe Station take a bus to Towadako bus stop (approx. 2 hours 5 min).
Local hot springs

Hiraizumi and Chuson-ji Temple

IWATE

As you enter into the precincts of Chuson-ji Temple, you will be amazed by the stillness of your surroundings and the beauty of the autumn foliage. Although a little farther away, Hanamaki Hot Springs also makes for a great way to admire the autumn colors whilst relaxing in the soothing baths.

Best time to see
Mid October to mid November
Access
From JR Hiraizumi Station (Tohoku Line) take a bus to Chusonji-mae bus stop (approx. 5 mins).
Local hot springs

Akiu Waterfall

MIYAGI

A place that is home to one of Japan's three most famous waterfalls, Akiu Waterfall provides some amazing views of the Japanese autumn foliage.

Best time to see
End of October to beginning of November
Access
From Sendai Station (Tohoku Line) take a bus bound for Akiu Onsen. Get off at the last stop (approx. 1 hour 40 min).
Local hot springs

Zao

YAMAGATA

The gradual advancement of the autumn foliage from the summit to further down the mountain provides remarkable levels of beauty. From yellow, to orange, to a bright red and then a rich crimson, the transformation in colors is quite spectacular.

Best time to see
Mid to late October
Access
Take a bus from Yamagata Station (approx. 1 hour 30 min to Zao Echo Line mountain summit).
Local hot springs