Here’s Where You Should Go If You’re Visiting Kyushu This Autumn Season
Include these spots in your itinerary!
In this article, we round up the best spots to visit in the area this November.
Yabakei in Oita is one of the most famous autumn sightseeing spots in Kyushu. It is made up of Honyabakei (Honyabakei Town), Urayabakei and Fukayabakei (both Yabakei Town), and Okuyabakei (Yamakuni Town). From Ichimoku Hakkei, you can see the Gunen Mountain, Tobinosu Mountain, Shouen Mountain, Meoto Iwa, Oshinga Onomine, Eboshi Iwa, Senin Ga Iwa, and Kaibourei. The mountains colored with red autumn leaves are a sight to behold. We recommend that you walk around the area while admiring the autumn leaves to fully enjoy the scenery. In addition to this, the place will be holding an Autumn Leaves Light Up event from October 26 to November 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, you may contact the Nakatsu Yabakei Tourist Association at +81-0979-64-6565.
Shinyabakei is located in Nakatsu City, Oita. The leaves in the area start changing color at the end of October. The best time to visit this place is from the end of October to the middle of November. We recommend visiting Ichimoku Hakkei. To get to Shinyabakei, take the bus for about 20 minutes from JR Bungi-Mori Station.
Kirishima Onsenkyo consists of nine hot springs—Arayu, Hayashida, Ioudani, Maruo, Kurikawa, Yunotani, Tonoyu, Sekihira, and Nonoyu—that originated from the Kirishima Mountain. You can enjoy the autumn leaves while driving along the Prefectural Road 1 Kobayashi Makisono Line from Kirishima Onsenkyo to Ebi no Kogen. The Onami Lake, which is located 1,411 meters above the ground, is quite popular for its autumn leaves. You can also admire the leaves reflected on the river when you drive along the National Route 223 Arakawa Keikoku. There are many hot springs along the Tenko River.
Kirishima Onsenkyo is located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima. The leaves in the area start changing color in the middle of October. The best time to visit this place is from the middle until the end of November. We recommend visiting the Maruo Waterfalls and the areas around Kirishima Onsen Kyo and National Route 223 Yanagihira. To get to Kirishima Onsenkyo, take the Kagoshima Kotsu Bus for Iwasaki Hotel at the JR Kirishima Jinja Station and get off at Maruo.
The Takachiho Gorge is one of the most famous tourist spots in the prefecture. This gorge was created when the pyroclastic flow from Aso Mountain flowed along the Itugase River and cooled down. Its distinctive characteristic is its pillar-shaped cliff. The rough V-shaped gorge is gently colored by Momiji and maples during the autumn season. From the Onokoro Lake and Ohashi Bridge, you can see the area around Manai Waterfalls, which was chosen as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan, turn red. A spectacular view also awaits you when you look down the Manai Waterfall from Ohashi Bridge and Takimidai. You can also choose to ride on sightseeing boats there from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Takachiho Gorge is located in Nishiusuki District, Miyagi. The leaves in the area start changing color at the beginning of November. The best time to visit this place is from the middle until the end of November. We recommend visiting the Ohashi Bridge and Onokoro Lake. Takachiho Gorge is about 50 minutes by car from JR Nobeoka Station.
It is said that there are more than 120 kinds of plants that change color during autumn in Unzen. This place is a designated natural treasure of Japan for its typical Western Japanese colored leaves. Here, you can witness the “Nishiki shu” phenomenon, where the dark green colors of the fir trees contrast the red colors of Yamaguruma. Aside from this, the place will also be holding events such as the Unzen Momiji Walk on November 10 and the Unzen Nita Toge Premium Night from October 24 to November 2. For more information, you may contact the Unzen Onsen Tourist Association at +81-0957-73-3434.
Unzen is located in Unzen City, Nagasaki. The leaves in the area start changing color in the middle until the end of October. The best time to visit this place is from the end of October until the beginning of November. We recommend visiting Nita Toge. To get to Unzen, take the bus for about 80 minutes from JR Isahaya Station. Get off at Shimatetsu Unzen Eigyosho and drive or take the share taxi (three a day) for about 20 minutes to Nita Toge. You can also take the bus for 20 minutes from Kohama Onsengai to Shimatetsu Unzen Eigyosho, then drive or take a share taxi (three a day) for 20 minutes.
Kirishima Jingu was established in the sixth century and has a beautiful red shrine, which you’ll see after walking through a path full of green. Niniginomikoto, the protagonist of Tenson Korin, is worshipped here. This shrine is a designated cultural property of Japan and has been rebuilt several times due to the Kirishima Mountains eruptions. The cherry blossoms during spring and colored leaves during autumn are famous among visitors of the place. You can even find red autumn leaves scattered along the path going to the shrine grounds. Along the Prefectural Road in front of Otorii and the path at the back of Nino Torii, the leaves are especially brightly-colored.
Kirishima Jingu is located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima. The leaves in the area start changing color at the beginning of November. The best time to visit this place is from the middle until the end of November. We recommend visiting National Route 223 and the areas around Kirishima Jingu and Takachiho Kawara. To get to Kirishima Jingu, take the Kagoshima Kotsu Bus for Iwasaki Hotel from JR Kirishima Jingu Station for about 13 minutes and get off at Kirishima Jingu Bus Stop.