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Viewing Fall Foliage in Yamagata Prefecture: A Tour of Bonji-gawa Valley, a Bewitching Spot in the Tohoku Region

Bonji-gawa Valley, near Mount Yudono in Yamagata Prefecture, is a recommendable spot for viewing fall foliage. There are not only the secluded valley but also fall hills blanketed with fall foliage pleasing to the eye. The surrounding dam, bridges, lakes, waterfalls and shrines are elaborately adorned with fall foliage as well. Here is an itinerary for a walking tour of the valley to view fall foliage.

A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Akita: Hottai Falls amid the Mountain Blanketed with Fall Foliage, the best location for Movies in Japan!

There is much water accumulating on the summit of Mount Chokai, which is located in Akita Prefecture and included as one of the 100 Famous Mountains in Japan. The water is divided into three cascades: first cascade, second cascade and third cascade. As they descend quickly from the top, the scene is a magnificent spectacle. This is famous Hottai Falls. In early fall, with fall foliage covering the mountain, there is more picturesque scenery here than one can take in and hence here has become the location for many movies and televisions in Japan.

A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Miyagi: Fiery Red Maple Leaves Covering a Famous Mountain to the South of Mount Zao

Miyagi Prefecture boasts Akiu Great Falls, one of the three greatest waterfalls in Japan and Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan, both of which are also famous fall foliage viewing spots. But if you want to appreciate the beauty of fall foliage in a quiet place, Choroko Lake in Shiroishi is recommended. Although not massively popular, the region has fiery red fall foliage and Mount Fubo (“Fubosan” in Japanese), a famous mountain to the south of Mount Zao.

Kozushima, a Remote Island Easily Accessible from the Heart of Tokyo

Kozushima is a remote island located 178km south of Tokyo, and it is part of the Izu Islands.
It is a gorgeous resort area, with beautiful oceans, mountains, and starry skies. Kozushima is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
I had a lovely time camping there recently, so I’ll be introducing my experience and the island.