Koyo Guide – 2016 Autumn Leaves in Fukuoka

Koyo refers to the changing autumn colors of deciduous trees in Japan. Leaves turn spectacular shades of red, yellow and brown – depending on species – before falling to the ground. The koyo season lasts around 50 days, starting in Hokkaido mid-September and making its way down Japan to Kyushu by late-October to early-November.

Fukuoka Now has selected some of the best spots near Fukuoka – complete with links to useful weather resources, photographs, maps, and our favourite spots near Fukuoka to view the autumn leaves. If you find some good spots, please share your information and a photo and we’ll add it to this list. Use our contact page or the comments section below!

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Click the graphic below to check this year’s koyo forecast- it’s updated daily and includes an interactive map for the whole of Japan!

Fukuoka Prefecture
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まだ Not yet
色づき Just turning
見頃 Peak
落葉はじめ Beginning to fall
落葉 Already fallen

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Aburayama Shimin no Mori/Natural Observation Woods
The Shimin no Mori (Citizen’s Forest) is located on the east hillside of Aburayama Mountain. It extends for 93.7 hectares, and is full of wildlife and plants. From late-October to late-November, the scenery changes into a display of spectacular autumn colors. See the beautiful “Koyo Valley” from the rope bridge, or visit in the evening to see koyoalong a popular night-viewing trail. In addition to spectacular seasonal scenery, Aburayama is Fukuoka City’s tallest mountain and the park it encompasses offers some of the best outdoor facilities in the prefecture. Hiking trail here: http://fukuoka-now.com/2013/08/hiking-guide-aburayama/

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Aburayama Shimin no Mori/Natural Observation Woods
855-4 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: Late. Oct. ~ Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese maple, maple
• Admission: Free / Parking fee ¥300
• 092-871-6969
http://www.shimi-mori.com

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Keyaki Dori
Keyaki-dori is only 800 meters long, running from Kego intersection to Akasaka 3-chome intersection, but it packs a lot of charm into that seemingly short distance. As the word keyaki in the name suggests, there are roughly 100 zelkova trees planted along the road, and their koto leaves create the effect of a vivid yellow tunnel in autumn. A truly urban koyo spot, take a stroll down the fashionable street and enjoy its autumn colors and many stylish shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Keyaki Dori
Keigo intersection, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: Mid.Nov. ~ Early Dec. *Special light-up during Nov. (19:00 ~ 23:00)
• Types of trees: Zelkova
• 092-885-4151 (traffic bureau)
http://www.innovade.co.jp/en/seasons/11/momiji/keyakidori.html

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Maizuru Park
Experience koto at the historical site of the Fukuoka Castle ruins. Maizuru Park located just 5 minutes from Akasaka Station and the adjoining Ohori Park. The maples and maidenhair trees at Maizuru turn shades of red and yellow, creating a carpet effect of koto color. From the Tenshudai lookout area you can see across Maizuru and Ohori Parks and admire the autumn colors from above.

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Maizuru Park
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, Maple, Zelkova
• Admission Free (Parking fee ¥150/hour)
• 092-781-2154
http://www.midorimachi.jp/park/detail.php?code=302001

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Ohori Park
Ohori Park is an extremely popular site for walking and jogging in an area noted for its water, greenery and traditional Japanese garden. The maples at Ohori turn a vivid red in autumn, along with other koto trees, including the Japanese black pine, satsuki azalea and rose bay. We recommend taking a stroll to the east side of the central lake, where zelkova and Japanese wax trees are planted close together. Take a break and chill out at the well-designed Ohori Park Starbucks that overlooks the park and its trees.

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Ohori Park
1-2 Ohori-koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: End Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Zelkova, Japanese wax
• Japanese Garden admission: Adult ¥240, Under 15 ¥120
• 092-741-2004 (Park), 092-741-8377 (Japanese garden)
http://www.ohorikouen.jp
http://www.innovade.co.jp/en/seasons/11/momiji/oohorikouen.html

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Rakusuien
To the north of Hakata’s popular Sumiyoshi Shrine and just 10 minutes walk from JR Hakata Station is the beautiful Japanese garden Rakusuien. Maple trees line the pathways of the traditional garden,and koto leaves fall gently into the central pond and small waterfall. There is a reconstructed tea house originally built in Meiji period, complete with a tea ceremony room. A relaxing and elegant inner-city getaway.

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Rakusuien
2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Oak, Konara, hazel etc. (total about 70 trees)
• Adult ¥100, Child ¥50 (Parking fee: ¥300)
• Open: 9:00 ~ 17:00; Closed: Tue
• 092-262-6665
http://rakusuien.net

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Yokatopia Dori
With the landmark Fukuoka Tower in view, take a walk down the well maintained Yokatopia Dori between Mid. Nov. ~ Early Dec. for a view of maples and maidenhair trees in full koyo color. The area is known as a high-class residential area, so it is very pretty, with clean pathways and well-kept houses. Extend your walk to the lush Momochi Central Park or all the way up to Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Beach.

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Yokatopia Dori
Momochi, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, Maple, Chinese tallow tree
• 092-821-2049
http://www.innovade.co.jp/en/seasons/11/momiji/yokatopiadori.html

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Yusentei Park
Originally built in 1754 as a second home for Kuroda Tsugutaka, the 6th lord of Fukuoka, Yusentei is a beautiful Japanese garden centered on a lake. In autumn, the maples, zelkova, oak and Japanese wax trees planted around the water undergo a transformation as the leaves change to red, yellow, and orange. Take a stroll around the grounds, and enjoy a matcha tea set in the garden (¥300).

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Yusentei Park
1-46 Yusentei, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka
• Koyo peak: End Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Adult ¥200, Child ¥100
• Open: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (closed Mon)
• Closed: Mon.
• 092-711-0415
http://www.azd-g.co.jp/shitei-kanri/yusentei/index.html

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Shofuen

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Shofuen
3-28 Hirao, Chuo-ku
• Koyo peak: Late Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: ¥100 (adults), ¥50 (children) *Closed: Tue.
• 092-524-8264
http://www.shofuen.net/

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Hanabata Engei Park
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Hanabata Engei Park
7-571-1 Kashihara, Minami-ku
• Koyo peak: End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Zelkova
• Admission: Free *Parking fee ¥300
• Open: 9:00~17:00 *Closed: Mon.
• 092-565-5114
http://www.sg-shiteikanri.jp/hanahata/

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Komyozenji Temple
Only 10 minutes walk from Dazaifu station, this is another easily accessible spot for koyo viewing near to Fukuoka City. Komyozenji is a Zen temple, located just south of Dazaifu’s famous Tenmangu Shrine. There’s a rock garden at the front, but it’s the Japanese garden in the back area that’s worth seeing in late-November. Maple tree branches hang over the immaculately maintained garden, making the temple a popular spot to watch the autumn leaves fall.

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Komyozenji Temple
2-16-1 Saifu, Dazaifu
• Koyo peak: Mid. ~ End Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese maple
• Admission: ¥200
• Open: 09:30~16:00
• 092-921-2121 (Dazaifu City Hall)

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Kamado Jinja Shrine
This Shrine is famous for bringing good luck to couples (enmusubi). It was rebuilt in a modern style and is attracting considerable attention from the creative community. It’s also popular as a koyo spot because the stairs near the torii are surrounded by maples.

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Kamado Jinja Shrine
833 Uchiyama, Dazaifu
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ End Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Maidenhair
• Admission: Free
• 092-922-4106
http://kamadojinja.or.jp

▶︎ Kamado Jinja Momiji Festival 11/19 (Sat.) ~ 20 (Mon.)

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Akizuki Joseki
There are about 20 maple trees around Kuromon gate in Akizuki Joseki. Suiyo Shrine, which lies just beyond the gate, is beautiful and surrounded by yet more colorful maples. Stop for a tea along the cherry tree-lined Suginobaba Dori Street and enjoy autumn at Akizuki.

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• Akizukinotori, Asakura
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ End Nov.
• Types of tree: maple
• Admission: Free (Parking: ¥400)
• 0946-24-6758
• http://amagiasakura.net/

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Nanzoin
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Nanzoin
1035 Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun
• Koyo peak: End Nov. ~
• Types of trees: Maple, Maidenhair
• Admission: Free
• 092-947-7195(9:30~16:30)
http://www.nanzoin.com

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Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin
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Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin
626 Raizan, Itoshima
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Large Maple
• General Admission ¥400 / Maple-viewing only ¥100 (Only in Nov.)
• 092-323-3547
http://www.sennyoji.or.jp

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Akizuki Castle Ruins
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Akizukinotori, Asakura
Akizukinotori, Asakura City
• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese Maple, Maidenhair
• Admission: Free
• 0946-24-6758 (Asakura Tourism Association)

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Kiyomizudera Honbou Teien
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Kiyomizudera Honbou Teien
1117-4 Motoyoshi, Setaka-machi, Miyama
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese Maple
• Open: 09:00~17:00 (Mon.: closed)
• Admission: ¥300
• 0944-62-2001
http://www.e-kiyomizu.or.jp/index.html

▶︎ Kiyomizu-yama Momiji Festival 11/14 (Sat.) ~ 11/30 (Mon) Tel: 0944-63-3955

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Yamanaka Keikoku
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Yamanaka Keikoku
Koya Kuroki-machi, Yame
• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 0943-42-9190 (Kuroki-machi Tourism Association)

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Hyugamikyo
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Hyugamikyo
Hyugamikyo, Yabemura, Yame
• Koyo peak: Early Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple

▶︎Yame Yabe Festival 11/19, 20 @Yabegawa Genryu Park Tel: 0943-47-3111

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Fukakurakyo
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Fukakurakyo
Soedamachi, Tagawa-gun
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese Maple, Maidenhair
• 0947-82-1236 (Soeda-machi)

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Hikosan Daigongen Furomeio

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Hikosan Daigongen Furomeio
Hiko-san, Soeda-machi, Tagawa-gun
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 0947-82-1236 (Soeda-machi)

▶︎ Hikosan Otoko Festival 11/13 (Sun.) Tel: 0947-82-1236

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Masubuchi Park
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Masubuchi Park
Kagumeyoshi, Kokura-minami-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: End Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese Wax Tree
• Admission: Free
• 093-582-2460 (Kitakyushu City)

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Shakudake Keyaki-dani
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Shakudake Keyaki-dani
Hata, Yahata-nishi-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Zelkova
• 093-582-2460 (Kitakyushu City)

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Seita No Mori Park
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Seita No Mori Park
Seita, Yahata-nishi-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: End. Nov
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese Wax Tree
• Admission: Free
• 093-692-8651 (Park Office)

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Hobashira Shizen Park / Sarakurayama
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Hobashira Shizen Park / Sarakurayama
Ogura, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free *Cable car ¥400 (return)
• 093-671-4761 (Hobashira Cable)

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Chuo Park
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Chuo Park
Konpira-cho, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free
• 093-582-2460

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Katsuyama Park
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Katsuyama Park
2-1 Jonai, Kokura-kita-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Mid. Nov
• Types of trees: Maple, Zelkova, Maidenhair tree
• Admission: Free
• 093-582-3471 (Kokurakita-ku Ward Office)

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Adachi Park
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Adachi Park
Myoken-cho, Kokura-kita-ku, Kitakyushu
• Koyo peak: End Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Zelkova
• Admission: Free
• 093-582-3471

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Chikushiyabakei
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Chikushiyabakei
Ichinose ~ Gokayama, Nakagawa-machi, Chikushi-gun
• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 092-953-2211 (Nakagawa-machi Office)

Nomiyama kannonji Temple
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Nomiyama kannonji Temple
227-4 Hagino, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Enkianthus Perulatus, Mountain Cherry Tree, Japanese Wax Tree, Zelkova, Quercus
http://www.nomiyamakannonji.com/news-momiji-info2014.html

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Originally written in Nov. 2016.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in November 2016.

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