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Explore Autumn leaves with our motorhome

When thinking of autumn in Japan, the first thing that comes in mind is the beautiful autumn leaves. Let’s discover some sightseeing spots best suited for an RV!

Tohoku Region

Bandai Azuma Lake Line

Bandai Azuma Lake Line

Address Inawashiro, Yama District, Fukushima Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Mid October to Early November
Access
  • Route 115/459 from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC of the Banetsu Expressway.
  • About 45 minutes via Bandai Azuma Lake line.

The Bandai-Azuma Lake Line is a scenic road that runs from the Lake Onogawa to the Lake Hibara. The Nakatsugawa Valley, which lies about halfway along the road, gives a wonderful view of the autumn leaves. As such, it is very popular with photographers.

Nearby Accommodation: RV Park Road Station Inawashiro

Address Gohyakugari-1 Katada, Inawashiro-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-3132
Phone Number 0242-36-7676
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/688.html

Naruko Gorge

Naruko Gorge

Address Hoshinuma Naruko Onsen, Osaki City, Miyagi
Autumn Foliage Mid October to Early November
Access About 50 minutes from Furukawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway

This valley was designated as a scenic spot of the Miyagi prefecture. It is a famous landmark for the autumnal leaves. The Nakayamadaira entrance, in particular, has a spectacular view.

Nearby accommodation: Meitou Hitou Unagiyunoyado Takuhide

Address Hoshinuma-20-9 Naruko onsen, Osaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-6100
Phone Number 0229-87-2216
URL http://www.takuhide.co.jp/

Kanto Region

Hananuki Valley

Hananuki Valley

Address Akiyama, Takahagi 318-0024, Ibaraki Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Mid November to late November
Access About 20 minutes from Takahagi IC on the Joban Expressway

Hananuki Valley is one of the most popular spots to watch the autumn leaves in the Ibaraki prefecture. The view from the suspension bridge is quite spectacular: surrounded by trees and their changing foliage, it looks like you are walking through a red tunnel.

Nearby accommodation: Suifu Ryu no Sato Koen

Address 1629 Keganocho, Hitachiota-shi, Ibaraki-ken 313-0351
Phone Number 0294-87-0543
URL https://www.nap-camp.com/ibaraki/10147/

Lake Ashinoko Skyline

Lake Ashinoko Skyline

Address Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0522
Autumn Foliage Early November to late November
Access From the Gotemba IC on the Tomei Expressway, take the Hakone Skyline (toll road) in direction of the Kojiri Pass area. About 15km by car.

Lake Ashinoko, which is adjacent to one of Japan’s leading hot spring resort – Hakone, has many autumn foliage sightseeing spots. Among them, the Lake Ashinoko Skyline is particularly recommended. It also has a magnificent view of the Mount Fuji.

Nearby accommodation: Lake Aishi Camp Village Lakeside Villa

Address 164 Motohakone
Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0522
Phone Number 0460-84-8279
URL http://campmura.com/

Mount Haruna・Lake Haruna

Mount Haruna・Lake Haruna

Address Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Late October to early November
Access From the Shibukawa-Ikaho IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway, take the National Route 33 to the Haruna Lake. About 23 km by car

Mount Haruna, one of the three famous mountains in Gunma Prefecture, and the eponymous caldera lake at its foot, are entirely surrounded by autumn foliage from late October to early November. It is also possible to reach the summit using the ropeway. From there, the view overlooking the Kanto plain is exceptional.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Ikaho Hot Springs

Address 544-74 Ikahomachi Ikaho Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-01
Phone Number 0279-72-2178
URL http://www.ikaho-igusa.jp/

Yoro Valley

Yoro Valley

Address Otaki, Isumi District, Chiba Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Mid November to Early December
Access About 40 minutes from the Ichihara Tsurumai IC on the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway, via National Route 297 / 465, Chiba Prefectural Road 168 / 81

Yoro Valley is both famous as one of Chiba’s best hot spring resorts and autumn leaf spot. The season starts later than in other areas, making it possible to enjoy the autumn foliage until early December. During that period, a fall festival is also traditionally hosted.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Shichirigawa

Address Kiwadahata in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture
Phone Number 090-1033-1334
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/680.html

Okutama Lake

Okutama Lake

Address Okutama, Nishitama District, Tokyo
Autumn Foliage Mid October to Mid November
Access From the Ome IC on the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway, take the National Route 411 to Lake Okutama. About 38km by car.

The autumn leaves shine on the lake surface. The pedestrian bridge that floats on top of the water is one of the best spots to admire the surroundings. In addition, autumn leaves can be enjoyed in the numerous valleys located in the vicinity.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park – Road Station Kosuge

Address 3445 (Sonota), Kosuge-mura, Kitatsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-0211
Phone Number 050-5897-9881
URL http://kosuge-eki.jp/rvpark/

Shiobara

Shiobara

Address Nasu-Shiobara, Tochigi Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Late October to early November
Access From the Nishinasuno Shiobara IC on the Tohoku Expressway, it takes about 25 minutes via the National Route 400

There are many beautiful autumn leaves spots in the area, such as the Nichien Momiji Line – a road known to have a lot of maple trees along it -, or the large suspension bridge that gives a magnificent view over the Shiobara valley.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Nasushiobara Etsurin

Address Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-2732
Phone Number 0287-47-5671
URL https://rvpark-ezrin.jimdofree.com/

Chubu Region

Kaida Kogen

Kaida Kogen

Address Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Early November to mid-November
Access
  • It takes about 60 minutes from the Ina IC on the Central Expressway via the National Routes 361 and 19.
  • It takes about 60 minutes from the Shiojiri IC on the Nagano Expressway, via National Route 19 / Kiso Fukushima Road / Kiso Ohashio / National Route 361.

This highland is located at the foot of Mount Ontake, and is home to the Kiso Village. During the autumn season, the whole plateau is beautifully dyed in red and gold colors.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Kiso Furosato Kaiten-kan

Address 6959, Shinkai, Kiso, Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture 397-0002
Phone Number 0264-27-1011
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/617.html

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko

Address Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Early November to mid-November
Access
  • About 20 minutes from the Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway.
  • About 60 minutes from the Fuji/Gotemba IC on the Tomei Expressway.

Famous sightseeing spot for its view over the Mount Fuji, Kawaguchiko is also popular for its autumn leaves. Two large spots are especially well-known: The Momiji corridor, where the Fuji-Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival is held, and the Momiji tunnel.

Nearby accommodation: Fuji Mangan Village Camp Site

Address 5163−1 Narusawa, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
Phone Number 0555-28-6005
URL https://fuji-manganvillage.com/

Shinkyo Gorge

Shinkyo Gorge

Address Kofu city, Yamanashi Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Early November to mid-November
Access About 40 minutes from the Kofu Showa IC on the Chuo Expressway

Shinkyo Gorge, which is said to be one of Japan’s most beautiful valley, is famous as an autumn leaves sightseeing spot. The contrast between rocks, waterfalls and golden foliage is beautiful.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Sakura Resort

Address 6949 Kamezawa, Kai-shi, Yamanashi-ken 400-1113
Phone Number 055-260-3100
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/651.html

Saruhashi

Saruhashi

Address Otsuki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Early November to late November
Access About 15 minutes from the Otsuki IC on the Chuo Expressway

Due to its unique architecture, Saruhashi is known as one of “Japan’s three strange bridges”. During the autumn season, the surrounding trees will turn the Katsuragawa canyon into a beautiful scenery.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Tsuru Rest Area

Address Ohara, Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture 402-0002
Phone Number 0554-43-1110
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/735.html

Kinki Region

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Address Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Late November – Early December
Access About 40 minutes from the Kyoto Minami IC on the Meishin Expressway, via National Route 1.

The Arashiyama area is one of Kyoto’s most representative sightseeing spot. With many temples, the Togetsu Bridge and the mountains in the background, it is also a perfect place to take memorable pictures in autumn.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Kyoto Minami Kamogawa RV Site

Address RV Park Kyoto Minami Kamogawa RV Site
Phone Number 075-601-6166
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/621.html

Chugoku Region

Hiruzen Plateau

Hiruzen Plateau

Address Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture
Autumn Foliage Late October to early November
Access About 5 minutes from the Sayama IC on the Yonago Expressway

Located in the border of Okayama and Tottori prefectures, the Hiruzen plateau is surrounded by mounted ranges on three sides. The Hiruzen Oyama Skyline is a recommended scenic spot that allows you to enjoy autumn leaves while driving.

Nearby accommodation: RV Park Yubara Yuttari Hiroba

Address 1525-1 Toyosaka, Maniwa-shi, Okayama Prefecture, 717-0406
Phone Number 0867-62-2011
URL https://www.kurumatabi.com/park/rvpark/649.html