Autumn in Japan

Last weekend my home-stay mom invited me and another friend to Tamba in central Hyogo to see the foliage, or kōyō (こうよう) at two temples. The colors were stunning, and this is coming from someone who grew up in New England. I was shocked to see lines of cars backed up on the street waiting to get into the parking lot; you would have thought you were at Disney World.

The photos below were taken at Entsuji Temple and Kougenji Temple.

12 thoughts on “Autumn in Japan

  1. こうよう was my favourite time of year in Japan. Perfect for day hikes. Your photos are great. I remember I couldn’t stop taking photos in kouyou season. I think I would have to say that I love 紅葉 more than さくら。 I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Japan.

  2. Hi! I just found your blog and saw that you have older posts about matsumis around Japan. I am interested in seeing some but I’m only in town until Saturday! DO you have any suggestions on where I could go? I don’t speak Japanese (big huge disadvantage…. I know), but I have been pretty good at getting around Japan on the train despite that. I was going to spend the next couple of days in Awaji which is also in Hyogo Prefecture correct? Any suggestion would be grand. Thank you !


    • Angela, that’s awesome that you’re traveling in Japan. Don’t worry about not speaking any Japanese because the people in the kansai region are super friendly and will be eager to help you. As far as festivals, I’m sorry but I don’t know of any coming up. But if your in Awaji, I recommend checking out the Christmas display and gardens at the Westin hotel. Enjoy your trip!

  3. the fall colors in Japan somewhat inspired me to try and find the same here in Southern California. It was a bit more difficult, but I was able to find some great color. I do wish we had more clearly defined seasons here though, but thats what you get when you have good weather year round.

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