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10 Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Aichi
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Autumn in Japan is one of the most beautiful and exciting seasons of the year, in which the whole country transforms into warm and beautiful colors.

Many would say that spring, the season in which the cherry blossom (sakura) blossoms, is the best, and certainly one of the most popular. However, there is another characteristic of the change of season in Japan that should not be overlooked, and it is Autumn.

If with the spring there is the “Hanami” (花見), which is to observe the sakura flowers, in the autumn there is the “Momiji” (もみじ) or Koyo (紅葉), which is the observation of the autumn leaves in Japan.

These autumn landscapes can not only be enjoyed during the day but also at night, as they light up after sunset. This harmony of light and the colors of nature in this season creates a magical and enigmatic atmosphere.

When is the best time to see the autumnal foliage in Aichi?
Depending on the year it may vary a bit, but the perfect period to see the autumn landscape in Aichi is from the Mid-November to the end of November.

Here is a list of the 10 best places to see autumn leaves in Aichi! and that, regardless of the autumn colors are beautiful, these places can be visited all year round.

1. Kōrankei 香嵐渓 (Toyota)

Kōrankei (香嵐渓) is without a doubt one of the most famous places in Aichi prefecture to see the autumn leaves. It is said that in the 17th century, the Kōrankei Temple (The Kojakuji Temple) chief priest planted the first maple trees in the area.

The Taigetsukyo (待月橋) red bridge is one of the most characteristic and representative images of the Kōrankei landscape.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to the end of November.
Address: Iimori, Asuke-cho, Toyota City, Aichi
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Directions: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu train line to Higashi Okazaki Station. There, take a Meitetsu bus from the Asuke / Okazaki Line and get off at Kōrankei.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Night illumination: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission Prices: Admission free
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2. Obara Fureai Park 小原ふれあい公園 (Toyota)

This place is one of the rarest and most spectacular of all Aichi Prefecture. The reason is that here are Shikizakura cherry trees (also known as winter cherry blossoms) that bloom once in spring and again in autumn (October to December). So the autumn leaves together with the sakura flowers in bloom is an incredible and rare landscape to see. Two different season landscapes in one place!!!

Best time for autumn colour: Early November to the end of November
Address: 456 Magohachi, Obara-cho, Toyota-City, Aichi
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Directions: From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama subway line. Get off at the Fushimi station and take the Tsurumai subway line. Get off at the Toyotashi station and there take the Toyota Oiden bus to Kaminigi. Get off at the “Obara Okusa” stop. 5 minutes walk from the bus stop.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Admission Prices: Admission free
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3. Higashi Park 東公園 (Okazaki)

The park has a zoo and three large ponds. Around 1,500 Japanese maples make up the park. It is said that Higashi Park is one of the best places to enjoy the autumn leaves in the Okazaki area.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to early December
Address: 1 Oyamada, Kakemachi, Okazaki-City, Aichi Prefecture
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Directions: From Nagoya station take a train from the Meitetsu line to Higashi Okazaki. There, take a Meitetsu bus to Shimin Byoin. Get off at Higashi Koen and then walk 5 minutes to the park.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Admission Prices: Admission free

4. Shirotori Park 白鳥公園 (Nagoya)

Shirotori is a traditional Japanese garden with a trail that runs along the banks of streams and ponds. The landscape of the Garden changes according to the season and special events are organized around it. In autumn you can see the trees with red leaves as in flames, golden leaves and yellow leaves. The reflections of the trees in the waters duplicate the image of the Momiji creating a beautiful landscape. During the Momiji Matsuri (Autumn Festival), Shirotori is illuminated at night with thousands of LED lights, also exhibiting various art works, creating a fascinating scene of light and art.

Best time for autumn colour: End of November to early December.
Address: 2-5 Atsuta-nishimachi, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
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Directions: By subway. Take the Meijo subway line to the Jingu nishi station. 10 minutes walk from exit number 4.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
* Last entry at 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday.
Night illumination: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission Prices: Adults: 300 yen, Children (under 12 years old): Admission free
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5. Tokugawaen Garden 徳川園 (Nagoya)

Tokugawaen Garden is a Japanese garden located near the Nagoya city center. Formerly the retirement village of the Owari Tokugawa family. It has a large lake, called Ryusenko, which is the central protagonist of this garden. In addition, this garden is characterized by spectacular waterfalls, rock formations perfectly located, delicate wooden bridges, a tea house, a restaurant and a beautiful flower garden with peonies and irises that bloom in April and June.

From mid-November, the maples are colored vividly, deepening the feeling of autumn. Coinciding with this, the Autumn Leaves Festival (Koyo Matsuri) is carried out, prolonging its opening hours until the night, thus offering a beautiful night lighting so that you can enjoy the autumn landscape even at night.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to early December
Address: 1001 Tokugawachō, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
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Directions: By train. Take the Meijo metro line to the Ozone station. You will arrive in about 10 minutes walk.
By bus. Take a bus from the Sakae bus station in Oasis 21 bound to Hikiyama or Shiken-ya to Tokugawa-en Shindeki. Or, you can take a bus from the Nagoya Meitetsu station to Tokugawa-en Shindeki.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Open all year round. Closed on Mondays.
Night illumination: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission Prices: 300 yen
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6. Jōkōji Temple and Jōkōji Park 定光寺・定光寺公園 (Seto)

The Jōkōji Park, located in Seto City, is famous for its cherry trees and its autumn foliage.
The Park has a pond, a grass area and a camping area and small coffee shop-restaurants around. During the Autumn Leaves Festival (from November 1 to November 30) various outdoor events are held, with small food stalls selling Japanese snacks such as Gohei Mochi and Mitarashi dango.

The path to Jōkōji Temple is a hiking trail, since the temple is located on top of a mountain. The Jōkōji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple built in 1336. There is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Yoshinao, the ninth son of the warlord and the first Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. It is designated as an Important National Cultural Property.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to early December
Address: Jōkōjichō, Seto, Aichi
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Directions: From Nagoya station take the JR Chuo line to JR Jōkōji Station. Jōkōji Park is a 15-minutes uphill walk from Jōkōji Station.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Admission Prices: Admission free
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7. Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens 東山動植物園 (Nagoya)

If you are looking for things to do in Nagoya with children, I recommend you visit the Higashiyama Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens is an area adjacent to the Higashiyama Zoo. These gardens house the oldest greenhouse in Japan, where approximately 7,000 species of plants are exhibited. In addition there is a trail of sakura trees (cherry blossom), flower fields, a large pond and more.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to early December
Address: 3-70 Higashiyama-motomachi, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
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Directions: From Nagoya station take the Higashiyama subway line to the Higashiyama Koen station. 3 minutes walk from exit number 3.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:50 pm. * Last entry at 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays
Admission Prices: 500 yen
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8. Shurakuen Park 聚楽園 (Tokai)

In Shurakuen Park you will find the impressive Buddha statue. At 18 meters high, it is the largest Buddha in Japan. The park also has 750 maple trees of 7 different varieties. The park has extensive recreational facilities where children can play, a large pond and a tea house where you can relax watching the Japanese garden outside while enjoying a cup of matcha tea and a Japanese sweet.

Best time for autumn colour: End of November to early December.
Address: 2-1 Nishi-Maruyama, Arao-machi, Tokai City, Aichi
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Directions: Take the Meitetsu Tokoname train line to the Shurakuen station. From there 5 minutes walk to the park.
Opening Hours: Open all year round
Admission Prices: Admission free
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9. Momotaro Jinja Shrine and Momotaro Park 桃太郎神社 (Inuyama)

The legend of Momotaro, the story of a child born from a peach, is one of the oldest and most famous stories in Japan. Along the path that leads to the Momotaro Temple are the statues of the characters of the legend such as the monkey, the dog and the pheasant (protagonist companions), as well as the statues of the Onis (demons) with whom the protagonist fights in the story. This is a totally surreal place that is worth visiting. In autumn the park is dyed in red, yellow and orange colors that makes the place more magical.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to the end of November
Address: 853 Ohira, Kurisu, Inuyama-City, Aichi
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Directions: From Nagoya Station take a Meitetsu train Line to Inuyama-Yuen Station. From there, take a taxi (5 minutes) or walk about 35 minutes (2.6 km) to the northeast on Route 185.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission Prices: Admission free.

10. Meijo Park 名城公園 (Nagoya)

Area adjacent to Nagoya Castle. In Meijo Park you can take a walk along the trails and enjoy the majestic view of Nagoya Castle. This is an ideal place also for picnics or outdoor parties.

Best time for autumn colour: Mid-November to the end of November
Address: 1 Meijo, Kita-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
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Directions: Take the Meijo subway line to the Meijo Koen station. From there, 2 minutes walk from exit number 2.
Opening Hours: Open all year round
Admission Prices: Admission free

Apart from visiting all these places described above, don’t miss the opportunity to visit also Mount Horaiji, Inuyama Castle or Nishio Castle, Iwayado Park and Fumonji Temple. It’s worth visiting during the fall season.

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