Updated: November 07, 2018
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5 Outstanding Spots To Marvel At The Autumn Colors In Fukuoka


Fukuoka's autumn foliage season is usually from mid-November to early December. Here are five of the best spots in the prefecture to see the beautiful red and yellow leaves.

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Sennyo-ji 千如寺 (Itoshima)

This temple of the Shingo school of Buddhism is located in Itoshima city, in the mountains. It is a famous spot for both the cherry blossom viewing and for seeing the autumn foliage. The temple grounds are particularly famous for having a majestic 400-year-old maple tree that turns bright red in the fall. The wooden statue of the thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy inside the temple is designated as an important cultural property of Japan.

To access this temple, you can a community bus from the Chikuzen Maebaru Station (Itoshima city) for 30 minutes up to the last stop in the direction of "Raizan Kanon". From there it's a 5-minute walk.

Hours are from 9:00 to 16:30.

Maizuru Park 舞鶴公園 (Fukuoka City)

The Maizuru Park is conveniently located in the middle of Fukuoka city so it is a very popular spot to just enjoy a serene space for the city dwellers. The park is home to the ruins of the Fukuoka castle. It is a stunning place to visit during the cherry blossom season in late March but it also is a nice spot to enjoy nature all year-round. You can enjoy some autumn colours while walking through the many paths of the park.

Maizuru Park is located near the Ohori Park Station.

Yusentei Park 友泉亭公園 (Fukuoka City)

Yusentei Park is another popular autumn sightseeing spot in the city of Fukuoka. It is one of the best traditional Japanese gardens you can find in the city.

By transit, you have to take a bus to get there. From Hakata Station, take the bus 113. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the Yusen Ghugakko-mae stop where you get off. From there, the park is at a 6-minute walk.

Komyozen-ji 光明禅寺 (Dazaifu)

Komozen-ji is a Zen temple in Dazaifu, a city that is about a 50-minute train ride away from Fukuoka city. It is a stunningly beautiful example of a Japanese traditional rock garden, the only one in the prefecture. It also happens to be a great spot for admiring the fall foliage. The gray rocks contrast with the red and yellow of the fall leaves which makes the scene particularly outstanding.

The temple is located near the Dazaifu Station.

Hours are from 9:30 to 16:30.

Kamado Shrine 宝満宮竈門神社

Kamado Shrine is located in Dazaifu, at the top of Mount Homan. The whole mountain is quite beautiful in the fall, and so are the shrine's premises. A particularity of this place is the nighttime light up from mid-November to early December. The shrine is quite isolated in the mountain so it is an extremely peaceful scene to witness at night.

From the Dazaifu Station, it takes about a 10-minute bus ride to get there.
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