These Photos of Fukuoka During Fall Prove That Magic Is Real
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Thinking of visiting Japan this fall? Why not consider Fukuoka as your autumn destination? Fukuoka (as well as its neighboring prefectures) has all the best places to see the fall foliage in the area—from Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin, where one can see a 400-year-old maple tree, to Akizuki Castle, a romantic castle town in the mountains.
Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin
This Shingon temple in Itoshima is home to a 400-year-old maple tree. Also known as Raizan Kannon, this temple is believed to have been founded by an Indian Buddhist monk. They say the best time to visit is in the middle of November when the leaves are beautiful rouge shade.
Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin is located at 626 Raizan, Itoshima, Fukuoka and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Akizuki Castle Town
Photo courtesy of Asakura City Official Website
The romantic castle town is surrounded by foliage which transform once the calendar flips to October. Learn about the history and heritage of Taneo Akizuki while strolling the old town landscape.
Akizuki Castle Town is located at Akidukinotori,Asakura-shi, Fukuoka. You may contact them at +81-946-52-1428. It’s a 20-minute bus ride from Amagi station and a 15-minute drive from Amagi interchange off the Oita Expressway.
Misty autumn mornings are magical at Lake Kinrinko. There are lots of places to explore here from onsen (hot springs) to art museums and cafes. The trees transform into a colorful mix of yellow, orange, and red when it’s fall season.
Lake Kinrinko is located at Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita and is open 24 hours. You may contact them at +81-977-84-3111. It’s a 25-minute walk from Yufuin station, accessible via Kyudai Main Line from Hakata.
The basalt columns found at Takachiho Gorge were formed from cooled lava from Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan. Water flows from the geometric natural formations. A breathtaking view of the Manai Falls awaits when you ride the boat here.
Takachiho Gorge is located at Oaza, Oshioi, Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Miyazaki. You can take a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride from Hakata Station to the Takachiho Bus Center.
Though it is a popular spot for hanami or cherry blossom viewing, the gardens at Mifuneyama Rakuen are also beautiful during the autumn season. It sits at the bottom of Mt. Mifuneyama, also referred to as Mt. Karafune, which translates to “Chinese ship” because that’s what it looks like.
Mifuneyama Rakuen is located at 4100 Takeochō, Takeo, Saga and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81 954-23-3131. It is a one-hour 20-minute train ride from Hakata via JR Kyushu limited express and a 5-minute taxi ride from the Takeo-Onsen station.
Mojiko Retro Town
Mojiko Retro Town is in the northernmost part of Kitakyushu. The red brick buildings match the leaves that turn different shades of orange and red in this part of Japan. Take a walk around the charming old town and have a traditional meal of Yaki-curry (baked curry), which is rice topped with curry sauce, cheese, and egg then baked like a gratin in the oven. The dish is believed to have been created in the ‘60s.
Mojiko Retro Town is located at Mojiko, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka. From Kokura station, get on the Mojiko train line and get off at Mojiko train station.
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