5 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Kanagawa

5 Best Spots to View Autumn Leaves near Tokyo

Looking for best autumn leaves spots around Tokyo?? One of the best destinations is Kanagawa Prefecture!

Kanagawa has many tourist attractions such as Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone, and they are popular side trip destinations from Tokyo. Today, I’m sharing 5 spots in Kanagawa where you can enjoy the amazing views of autumn leaves. Take a short trip from Tokyo and hunt for the most gorgeous autumn leaves!

1. Lake Ashi, Hakone

Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) or Ashinoko is a scenic lake in the famous Onsen town, Hakone. The lake is located at the foot of Mt Hakone and the spectacular view of the lake and the nature with the glorious background of Mt Fuji is one of the top attraction in Hakone area. In autumn, the rich nature of Hakone slowly turn into warm autumn colours, and the view can be enjoyed by hiking, cruising, cycling and from the rope-way.

Map: http://bit.ly/2M0j0z8

Best time: late October to mid November

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2. Lake Tanzawa

Lake Tanzawa or Tanzawako (丹沢湖) is a lake located to the east of Mt. Fuji in Yamakita town, Ashigarakami district within Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park. The lake was created during the construction of Miho Dam, and it’s one of the 50 scenic spots in Kanagawa. During autumn leaves season, the lake and the rich nature of its surroundings display an amazing contrast of blue water and red, yellow and orange autumn leaves.

Map: http://bit.ly/2OPSlTp

Best time: mid to late November

3. Mt Oyama

Mt Oyama (大山) is a 1,252 high mountain situated on the border of Isehara, Hadano and Atsugi cities with the Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park. It’s one of the most popular hiking spots near Tokyo, and attracts a large number of visitors especially during autumn. The light-up event is held around Oyama Temple and Afuri Shrine on the mountain during the season. It can be accessed via hiking trails or the cable car which run through the mountain up to the 800 m high.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Mlol07

Best time: mid to end November

Official website: https://www.odakyu.jp/english/sightseeing/tanzawa_oyama/

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4. Hase Temple

Hase Temple or Hasedera (長谷寺) is a temple in Kamakura City, founded in 8th century. It’s one of the most popular tourist sites in the area. The hill-top temple complex has a gorgeous Japanese garden with maple trees, and it is surrounded by the beautiful nature. In autumn, the view of the historical temple and colourful autumn leaves can be enjoyed, and the special light-up is held during the season. (from late Nov to early Dec)

Map: http://bit.ly/2KyjVRZ

Hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (March to September)/8:00 to 16:30 (October to February)

Fee: 300 yen

Best time: mid November to early December

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5. Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden (三渓園) is a traditional Japanese landscape garden located in Yokohama City. The 17.5ha vast garden complex consists of several points of interest such as a pond, small rivers, seasonal flowers, plants, walking trails, tea houses, historic buildings and more. The garden is a popular place to visit through the year, but especially for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves viewings. Also it’s a popular location for photo shooting including wedding photos.

Map: http://bit.ly/2LYmDG2

Hours: 09:00 to 17:00

Fee: 700 yen

Best time: mid November to early December

Official Website: http://www.sankeien.or.jp/en-about/

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