Tick off Nagoya’s fall foliage checklist, held outside the city, which celebrate nature showing off
The Obara Shikizakura Four-season Cherry Blossom Trees Festival
The Obara Shikizakura Four-season Cherry Blossom Trees Festival just outside Nagoya city in Japan celebrates one of the rarest sights in all of Japan. Anchored in Toyota City — in and around Obara Fureai Park — the festival offers people an awe-inspiring opportunity to behold vibrant autumn shades, interspersed with the vivid pink of cherry blossoms. It’s worth going for the ’gram shot alone
Runs until November 30. Obara Fureai Park, Toyota City, kankou-obara.toyota.aichi.jp
The Korankei Maple Festival
The Korankei Maple Festival sees things leveled up with a nightly illumination of the maple trees in Korankei Park. The park is home to around 4,000 trees that become ablaze in an eye-catching red hue. Visitors can enjoy tea parties, traditional Japanese drumming performances and more
Runs until November 30, Korankei Park, Toyota City, asuke.info
Momotaro Momiji Dengaku Festival
Momotaro Momiji Dengaku Festival comprises a series of ticketed programs — experienced by boat (Nov 15–29) or bus (Nov 17–18 and 23–25) — planned around the appreciation of maple leaves. The festival takes place in the region’s most picturesque valley, and includes the chance to eat momiji dengaku, a maple leaf delicacy glazed with miso sauce.
Runs until December 3. Momotaro Park, Inuyama City, inuyama.gr.jp.e.jm.hp.transer.com
Jakkoin Autumn Leaves Festival
Jakkoin Autumn Leaves Festival is a free event that celebrates the dramatic changes in color of the maple woods around Jakkoin Temple. You can also see a rakugo (traditional Japanese verbal entertainment) performance.
Runs until December 9. Jakkoin Temple, Inuyama City, inuyama.gr.jp.e.jm.hp.transer.com
*Photo by Top Photo Corporation / Alamy Stock Photo (Jakkoin)
This article first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Smile magazine.