Just like spring and its cherry trees, the Japanese fall is also very appreciated. In the period of time happening around the end of November, the Japanese maple trees (momiji) let their leaves glow red (koyo). We call this time of the year momijigari and the flowering, minutiously followed, attracts many Japanese and foreign tourists in the location where it is the most remarkable, particularly around Kyoto.
The maple trees offer then a magnificent show, sometimes accompanied with yellow colors coming from the ginkgo biloba trees.
Here are the maple trees' flowering periods in Japan:
- end of September to mid October : Hokkaido
- mid October to early November : Tohoku, Northern Chubu (Nagano, Kanazawa, Nikko…)
- from mid november to early december : Tokyo and Kanto region, the Kansai region (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Koya-san…) and all the Southern part of Japan (Hiroshima/Miyajima, Shikoku, Kyushu)
From this page, you can access the best spots to admire the Japanese momiji.