People may flock to Kyoto for the awesome view from Kiyomizudera, but for a less predictable autumn, how about heading to the untamed wilderness of the North?

Take a walk on the wild side in Aomori.

The number one autumnal activity of Japan is leaf viewing (known as 'koyo' or 'momiji'), which basically consists of finding some arresting scenery filled with dazzling fall colours and going to look at it en masse.

This tradition means it may be difficult to avoid crowds around this time, but at least if you stay out of the main tourist areas you have a chance. Possibly.

So what makes Aomori so great for fall? The Hakkoda Mountains are well-loved in autumn due to the vast scenery which is easily viewed by ropeway. This cable car travels all the way to the summit of Tamoyachidake, while you just relax and take it all in. Hikers can then carry on exploring the various trails by foot, as the area offers diverse fall-istic views including mountainsides, lakes, streams and marshland shrubbery (it’s underrated).

Another one of Aomori's beloved autumn views is the calm pristine reflection of autumn foliage in the famously clear waters of Towada Lake. Visitors can enjoy this majestic scenery up close from sightseeing boats.

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This lake flows into Oirase Stream and its gushing waterfalls running through a rich, verdant forest. How Ghibli is that? The area is also home to plenty of onsen (public baths) filled with sulfuric hot spring water where weary travellers can soak their aching limbs.

Aomori is most famous for its apples, providing over 50% of the Japanese market, as well as exporting to other countries in Asia. The picking season for these coveted fruits just happens to be autumn. Tourists can join in the harvesting fun at many different farms all over the prefecture and sample some produce in the form of delicious apple pie.

Every area of Japan has their own form of fall views, but if you're a hiker or nature lover, Aomori has to be the Japanese autumn for you.

Part 1: Spring

Part 2: Summer

Part 4 coming soon!


By - grape Japan editorial staff.