Autumn in Japan

October 15, 2014

autumn in Japan




OK, a bit of a confession: I’m actually a secret leaf-peeper. It started when No 1 Son and I went to Washington for my birthday one November, and since then, every excuse I get to look at beautiful autumn leaves and take photos of them, I take.

autumn leaves in Korsakov Japan















And of course autumn in Japan is known for it’s fabulous fall colours.

Oriase Japan






There’s even a word for autumn leaves in Japanese, ‘koyo’ (isn’t it gorgeous?).

autumn leaves Lake TowadaHakkoda Mountains









So we were there at exactly the right time last week, as the leaves were starting to turn ruby and copper.


















For real leaf-peeping thrills, you can’t beat a ride in the cable car (the Hakkoda ropeway) over the tops of the trees in the Hakkoda Mountains near Aomori; they’re just so BIG.



autumn in Hakkoda Mountains Japan











You see lots of maples and ginkgo and it’s absolutely stunning, even on a misty autumn day.





And the trees at Lake Towada were breathtaking, too (the blue skies really accentuated the autumn colours).

Lake TowadaI’d love to return in the spring, when the cherry blossom is out.











*This is my entry for The Gallery – the theme this week is ‘autumn’.

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  • Mama Owl | Jooleroo October 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

    What stunning colours, absolutely breathtaking

  • Sarah MumofThree World October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Love these photos! Autumn in Japan certainly gives a different perspective 🙂

  • Coombemill October 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    somewhere I’d love to visit at any time of year. How wonderful to see all that from the cable car. #TheGallery

  • HelpfulMum October 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

    What beautiful colours. Autumn is one of my absolute favourite seasons.

  • Libby Price October 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Totally beautiful.
    When people say ‘Japan’ I think of big cities – not such gorgeous countryside. Stunning,

  • LauraCYMFT October 15, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Lots of gorgeous autumn colours there. Would never picture Japan looking like that.