Every year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese and foreign tourists travel throughout the country in search of autumn leaves known as kōyō (紅葉).
Kōyō viewing dates back several centuries and is a popular activity for locals, considered the autumn (or fall) equivalent of the ever-popular cherry blossom viewing (hanami, 花見) in spring.
Our tour will take you to Tohoku (東北), located in northeast Honshu Island, to witness some of the most spectacular displays of yellow, orange, and gold you will see in the country.
Tohoku is made up of six prefectures and is famed for its natural beauty, onsen (hot springs), and agriculture. I conducted a photography expedition there in October 2015 and my conclusion is that Tohoku is, quite simply, the best autumn natural scenery location in Japan! Best of all, it is not a well-touristed area (yet!) unlike Kansai and Tokyo, meaning now is the best opportunity to catch the magnificence of the area before its secret gets out!
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll cover Tohoku’s best autumn and landscape photography spots in more detail. Incredible Photo Tours will also be releasing details of a fantastic Tohoku autumn photography tour too!