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Fukuoka Autumn Leaves Guide 2018

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 mid-November.

The best time to view koyo in Fukuoka is a little late this year. Fukuoka Now has selected some of the best spots near Fukuoka – complete with links to useful weather resources, photographs, maps, and our favourite spots 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. Send to contact@fukuoka-now.com or comment below!

Autumn Leaves Information
Check the real-time forecast here: http://weathernews.jp/koyo/
Source: Weathernews Inc.

Aburayama Shimin no Mori / Natural Observation Woods

Mount Aburayama is known as a place of relaxation for locals, particularly for families.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 trail here: https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/hiking-guide-aburayama/

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Japanese maple, maple (approx. 670 trees)
• Open: 9:00~18:00
• Closed: Mon. (open if hol. and closed the next day)
• Admission: Free (Parking fee ¥300)
855-4 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
092-871-6969
http://www.shimi-mori.com

Keyaki-dori Avenue

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.

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Special light-up: 19:00~23:00 (Nov. 2018 ~ Mar. 2019)
• Types of trees: Zelkova
Kego Intersection, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-885-4151 (traffic bureau)

Maizuru Park

Experience koyo at the historical site of the Fukuoka Castle ruins. Maizuru Park is 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 koyo color. From the Tenshudai lookout area, you can see across Maizuru and Ohori Parks and admire the autumn colors from above.

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, maple, zelkova
• Admission: Free (Parking fee ¥150/hour)
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-781-2153
https://www.midorimachi.jp/maiduru/

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.

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: End Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Zelkova, Japanese wax
• Admission: Free
• Japanese Garden admission: Adult ¥240, Under 15y.o. ¥120
1-2 Ohori-koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-741-2004(Ohori Park and Nishi Park management office), 092-741-8377(Japanese garden)
http://www.ohorikouen.jp

Rakusuien

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

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, oak, konara, hazel etc. (approx. 70 trees)
• Admission: adult ¥100, child ¥50 (parking fee: ¥300)
• Open: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Tue (open if hol. and will be closed the next day)
2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-262-6665
http://rakusuien.net

Yokatopia-dori Avenue

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.

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Late Dec.
• Types of trees: Maidenhair, maple, Chinese tallow tree
Momochi, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

Yusentei Park

Originally built in 1754 as a second home for Tsugutaka Kuroda, 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).

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Open: 9:00~17:00
• Admission: adult ¥200, child ¥100
• Closed: Mon.
1-46 Yusentei, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka
092-711-0415
http://www.yusentei.com/

Shofuen

Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Open: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Tue.
• Admission: adult ¥100, child ¥50
3-28 Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-524-8264
http://www.shofuen.net/

Hanahata Engei Park

• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ End Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, zelkova
• Open: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Mon.
• Admission: Free
7-571-1 Kashihara, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
092-565-5114
http://www.hanahataengei.com/

Komyozenji Temple

Only 10 minutes on foot from Dazaifu Sta., this is another easily accessible spot for koyo viewing near 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.

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

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

Source: UZOU

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

Kamado Jinja Momiji Festival: 11/24 (Sat.), 11/25 (Sun.)

Akizuki Joseki

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

• Koyo peak: Late Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of tree: Maple
• Admission: Free (parking fee: ¥400)
Akizukinotori, Asakura City
0946-24-6758

Nanzoin

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Late Nov. ~
• Types of trees: Maple, maidenhair
• Admission: Free
1035 Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun
092-947-7195(9:30~16:30) *large groups of tourists prohibited
http://www.sasagurikanko.com/temple/nanzoin/

Raizan

• Koyo peak: Mid Nov. ~ Early Dec.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Open: 9:00~16:30
• Maple-viewing (Nov. only): ¥100, General admission: ¥400
626 Raizan, Itoshima
092-323-3547
http://www.sennyoji.or.jp

Kiyomizudera Honbo Teien

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Nov. 25 ~
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese maple
• Open: 9:00~17:00
• Admission (maintenance fee): Adult ¥300, ES & JHS: ¥100
1117-4 Monkichi, Setaka-machi, Miyama
0944-62-2001
http://www.fukuoka-kiyomizudera.com/

Yamanaka Keikoku (Valley)

• Koyo peak: Mid-Nov ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
Kuroki-machi Koya, Yame City
0943-42-1115(Kuroki-machi Tourism Association)

Hyugamikyo Gorge

• Koyo peak: Early Nov ~ Mid-Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free (free parking)
Hyugamikyo, Yabemura, Yame City

Yame Yabe Festival: 11/17 (Sat.), 11/18 (Sun.) at Yabegawa Genryu Park (tel.: 0943-47-3111)

Fukakurakyo Gorge

Source: UZOU

*Closed due to damage caused by heavy rains in northern Kyushu (information as of Oct. 16)

Mount Hikosan Daigongen Furomeio

Source: UZOU

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

Masubuchi Dam

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Mid-Nov
• Types of trees: Japanese wax tree
• Admission: Free (free parking)
Kagumeyoshi, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-582-2460(Kitakyushu City)

Trailhead to Mount Shakudake

• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Zelkova
Hata, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-582-2460 (Kitakyushu City)

Seitanomori Park

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free
• Parking: Free, 189 spaces (south entrance), 75 spaces (north entrance)
Seita, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-642-1441 (Machizukuri Maintenance Dept.)

Hobashira Shizen Park / Mount Sarakurayama

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free *Cable car ¥400 (return)
Ogura Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-671-4761 (Hobashira Cable)

Chuo Park

• Koyo peak: Mid. Nov. ~ End. Nov
• Types of trees: Maple
• Admission: Free
Konpira-cho, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-582-2789

Katsuyama Park

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Mid-Nov
• Types of trees: Maple, zelkova, maidenhair
• Admission: Free
Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-591-6113 (Katsuyama Park Management Office)

Adachi Park

Source: UZOU

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Mid-Nov
• Types of trees: Maple, zelkova
• Admission: Free
1 Ashihara, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City
093-582-3471 (Kokurakita Ward Office)

Momiji Hachimangu Shrine

• Koyo peak: Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple
1-26-55 Takatori, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
092-821-2049
http://momijihachimangu.or.jp/

Chikushi Yabakei Valley

• Koyo peak: Early Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Japanese maple, maidenhair
Ichinose ~ Gokayama, Nakagawa-machi, Chikushi-gun, Fukuoka
092-953-2211 (Nakagawa-machi area management, Nakagawa-machi Office)

Nomiyama Kannonji Temple

• Koyo peak: Late Oct. ~ Mid Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Enkianthus Perulatus, yamazakura, Japanese wax tree, zelkova, konara oak
227-4 Hagio, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
092-947-4423
http://www.nomiyamakannonji.com/

Kunenan Mansion

Constructed by Yataro Itami during the Meiji era, Kunenan Mansion is known for its stunning autumn colors and old traditional structures. Every year in autumn, it opens to the public for nine days. Enjoy viewing the koyo leaves which contrast beautifully with the dark green moss carpeting the garden grounds. Tickets will be sold from 8 am at the nearby Momiji no Yu parking lot.

• Koyo peak: Mid-Nov. ~ Late Nov.
• Types of trees: Maple, Enkianthus Perulatus, Japanese maple
• Open: 11/15 (Thu.) ~ 11/23 (Fri., hol.)
• Admission: ¥300 (free for JHS and under)
1692 Kanzakimachiikuha, Kanzaki City, Saga
0952-37-0107 (Kanzaki City Tourism Association)
http://kanzaki.sagan.jp/kanzakiblog/?page_id=7

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Originally written in Nov. 2016, updated in Oct. 2018.
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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 Nov. 2016.

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Published: Oct 19, 2018 / Last Updated: Oct 22, 2018

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