Top 5 Autumn color spots in Tohoku

Don’t forget Tohoku when planning your Autumn colors trip! There are some amazing places to visit, with cheap access and unspoiled views. Be sure to bring a camera with a big memory card, put into panoramic mode, and fire away.

Places in Tohoku can be quite spread out, so if you are traveling here we would recommend getting a train pass or bus pass.

naruko_autumnNaruko Gorge

The pièce de résistance of autumn hot spots in Tohoku. What sets this apart from the others is the relaxing train ride (free with a pass of course!) through lovely mountain valleys surrounded autumn colors. Best in end of November to beginning on December.

Naruko Gorge guide


Have a stroll around this awesome old samurai town, with the old samurai streets lined with autumn leaved trees. Easy to get around and still not too busy. Best in early November.

Kakunodate guide

nyuto_onsen_autumnNyuto Onsen

Chill out in one of Japan’s premier hot spring towns while enjoying some autumn colors up in the mountains. Best in mid to late November.

Nyuto Onsen guide


A good choice for those that want to do a bit of light hiking while enjoying the autumn leaves. Nearby Zao Onsen may also be worth checking out. Best towards the end of November.

Yamadera guide

Iwate Park (盛岡城跡公園)

A local favorite, so you may be the only fortnight travelers here. A stunning traditional Japanese garden, with more than 300 autumn color trees. The park is a short bus ride from Morioka station, which most highway buses and Shinkansen trains pass. Best towards the end of November.

Check out our Autumn Leaves guide for more!

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.