* Takao Tozan Railway
In autumn, one of the most splendid aspects of the Japanese countryside is kouyou, translated as “autumnal colors.” The changing hues of Japanese leaves in the autumn range over a remarkable spectrum of yellows, reds, oranges, and browns from September through November. Kouyou has been the delight of travelers in these months for centuries, inspiring classic poetry, art, and music of many genres. There are many possibilities for experiencing kouyou within a reasonable distance from Tokyo. Hakone, with a stunning view of Mt. Fuji, offers sightseeing boats and mountain trains from which to view the splendid colors. Nikko, with a magnificent medieval shrine, is perched amidst steep, forested mountains. Mt. Takao, located west of Tokyo, is another recommended and accessible kouyou spot, and the best season is from the middle of November to the end of December. The staff of the Keio Plaza will be happy to help you plan your trip to any of these or other destinations to make the most of Japan’s brilliant autumn leaves.
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