Japan’s autumn is known for its vibrant colors. The mountains have lovely red and golden coloring. The tree-lined roads are covered in golden ginkgo trees, while the maple trees turn a blazing crimson. To fully appreciate fall, all you need to do is walk around and observe the colors of the trees.

Momijigari, or “autumn-leaf hunting,” is the name of this tradition. Although the word “gari” means “hunting” in its direct translation, you won’t be chopping off branches and taking them home. This search includes simply seeing and appreciating the beauty of nature. There are supposedly 1,200 distinct tree species in Japan. Their appearance changes with each of the four seasons. You will find more well-known fall foliage viewing locations in Japan as you travel farther north. Additionally, the leaves become more vibrant in colder climates. Where the leaf is exposed to the sun, its color is usually at its brightest, changing later in the leaf’s shaded areas. The majority of autumnal foliage can be seen in Japan from early November to early December.

Momijigari, or the search for autumn leaves itself, is a Japanese custom that values the environment. Experience the definite fragility of Japan’s seasons as the fall leaves change, and take in the colors of the mountains and trees. Why not go leaf-hunting for yourself this fall?