Koyo Guide – 2015 Autumn Leaves in Fukuoka

語中的 “Koyo” -紅葉,是指楓樹在日本秋天時變幻的美麗秋景,在離開枝頭之前,葉子依照樹的品種而展現了壯觀的紅色、黃色和棕色色調。紅葉季節約在十月下旬來到九州。

Fukuoka Now selected some of the best spots near Fukuoka – complete with links to useful weather resources, photographs, maps, and our pick of twenty spots near Fukuoka to view autumn leaves. If you find some good spots, please share your information and a photo and we’ll add it to this list. Send to contact@fukuoka-now.com or comment below!

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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, extending 93.7 hectares, and 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 koyo along 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 course 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
• 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 koyo 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
• Kego intersection, Chuo-ku
• Koyo peak: Mid.Nov. ~ Early Dec. *Special light-up during Nov. (19:00 ~ 23:00)
• Types of trees: Zelkova

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Maizuru Park
Experience koyo at the historical spot of the Fukuoka Castle ruins. Maizuru Park is built around the site of the castle ruins and has an athletic field and other sports facilities, located within just 5 minutes of Akasaka Station and adjoining Ohori Park. The maples and maidenhair trees at Maizuru turn shades of red and yellow, creating a carpet effect of koyo color. At the Tenshudai lookout area you can see over Maizuru and Ohori Park and admire the autumn colors from above.

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Maizuru Park
• 1 Jonai, Chuo-ku
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ End Nov.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, Maple, Zelkova
• Admission Free / Parking fee ¥300/2 hours
• 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 koyo 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
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ End Nov.
• 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

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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 the koyo leaves fall gently into the central pond and small waterfall. There is a reconstructed tea house originally built in Meiji period, complete with tea ceremony room. A relaxing and elegant inner-city getaway.

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Rakusuien
• 2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku
• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Oak, Konara, etc. (total about 70 trees)
• Adult ¥100, Child ¥50
• 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
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, Maple

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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: Mid Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Adult ¥200, Child ¥100
• Open: 9:00 ~ 17:00
• 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, ¥50 *Closed: Tue.
• 092-524-8264
http://www.shofuen.net/  

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Hanahata Engei Park
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Hanahata Engei Park
• 7-571-1 Kashihara, Minami-ku
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ 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 autumn leaf viewing around 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: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese maple
• Admission: ¥200
• Open: 8:00~17:00
• 092-921-2121 (Dazaifu City Hall)

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Kamado 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 a popular as a koyo spot because the stairs near the torii are surrounded by maples.

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

▶︎ Kamado Jinja Momiji Festival 11/21 (Sat.) ~ 23 (Mon.)

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Nanzoin
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Nanzoin
• 1035 Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun
• Koyo peak: Early 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 City
• Koyo peak: End Oct. ~ 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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Akizuki Castle Ruins
• Akizukinotori, Asakura City
• Koyo peak: Late Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Japanese Maple, Maidenhair
• Admission: Free
• 0946-24-6758 (Asakura Kanko Kyokai)

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Kiyomizudera Honbou Teien
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Kiyomizudera Honbou Teien
• 1117-4 Motoyoshi, Setaka-machi, Miyama City
• Koyo peak: End. Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese Maple
• 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 City
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 0943-42-9190 (Kuroki-machi Kanko Kyokai)

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Hyugamikyo
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Hyugamikyo
• Hyugamikyo, Yabemura, Yame City
• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~
• Types of trees: Maple

▶︎ Yame Yabe Festival 11/21 (Sat.) ~ 22 (Sun.)@Yabegawa Genryu Park Tel: 0943-47-3111

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Fukakurakyo
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Fukakurakyo
• Soedamachi Tagawa-gun
• Koyo peak: Late Oct. ~ Early 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: Early Nov. ~ Mid. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 0947-82-1236 (Soeda-machi)

▶︎ Hikosan Otoko Festival 11/8 (Sun.) Tel: 0947-82-1236

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

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Shakudake Keyaki-dani
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Shakudake Keyaki-dani
• Hata, Yahata-nishi-ku, Kitakyushu City
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Zelkova

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Seita No Mori Park
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Seita No Mori Park
• Seita, Yahata-nishi-ku, Kitakyushu City
• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ 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 City
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free *Cable car ¥400 (return)
• 093-671-4761 (Hobashira Cable)

▶︎ Photo Walking 11/15 (Sun.) 9:30~ @Sarakurayama Tel: 093-671-4761

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Chuo Park
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Chuo Park
• Konpira-cho, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu City
• Koyo peak: Middle Nov. ~ End. Nov
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free

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Katsuyama Park
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Katsuyama Park
• 2-1 Jonai, Kokura-kita-ku, Kitakyushu City
• 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 City
• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ End. Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Zelkova
• Admission: Free

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Chikushiyabakei
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Chikushiyabakei
• Ichinose ~ Gokayama, Nakagawa-machi, Chikushi-gun
• Koyo peak: 2nd week of Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• 092-953-2211 (Nakagawa-machi Office)

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Nomiyama kannonji Temple
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Nomiyama kannonji Temple
• 227-4 Hagio, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun
• Koyo peak: End Oct. ~ 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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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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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy there is a possibility of error and facility details may change. If you notice any errors or changes please contact us. This report was originally written in October 2015.

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