One thing i didn’t know about Japan was the crimson leaves in Kyoto. Every time someone mentions how pretty Japans scenery is I immediately would think of cherry blossom trees. When i first started looking at japan as a travel option for november it was only really because i noticed on a flight to Thailand there was a layover in Tokyo. Thinking of how awesome it would be to go back to the place where i first started falling in love with travel i started looking into a two week expansion before embarking forward to Phuket.
It only took one google search of ‘Japan in November” to find out that there was more than just blooming cherry blossom trees- there were maple trees.
Being from Canada i know all about maple. Maple syrup, maple cookies, maple fudge, maple trees, maple on a stick.. but our leaves don’t really go red? Sure they turn vibrant yellows and oranges and shades of red but crimson red? Unheard of.
So naturally that was reason enough to book an expensive two weeks to see the fall foliage in Japan.
Since the leaves are only at their most vibrant for two days, as we were told by an Osaka man in a restaurant, you need to plan your trip accordingly. It was only by rotten luck did we happen to be in Kyoto for the two days that they were at there brightest.
Our days were 23rd and 24th but they say it can be anywhere from mid to late november weather depending.
Have you been to Japan during fall? Where’s your favourite place for leave viewing? Do your leaves turn this red?