The first thing that most people associate with autumn in Japan is the beautiful change of the leaves. Leaves of deciduous trees change to brilliant shades of red and yellow in this wonderful display of nature symbolising the seasons, signaling the approach of winter. Popular viewing locations offer a variety of different ways to enjoy the autumn leaves such as restaurants overlooking the foliage and hot springs where the view can be enjoyed from a hot relaxing bath. Autumn is known in Japan as the ‘Season for a Healthy Appetite’, and is the season for both bonito and mackerel fish. Eating these while enjoying the autumn view is another way to really ‘taste’ the season.
Similar to how mosques are sometimes lit up with evening lights in Malaysia, some areas illuminate the autumn foliage at night, which reveals the leaves in a magical and different way, compared to how they are seen during the day. Japanese style Beca, rickshaws are available to hire and are a great way to enjoy the autumn leaves and traditional scenery. Autumn is also described as the ‘Season of the Arts’ in Japan. Artistic activities come alive and many museums hold various exhibitions during autumn. Visitors can experience the best of Japanese autumn by visiting museums complemented by autumn leaf viewing spots.