With momiji (maple leaves) viewing season coming upon us, I feel like I just have to introduce this gem in Aichi prefecture – Kourankei (香嵐渓).
Kourankei has more than 4,000 momiji trees and is reputed as the best spot for autumn leaves viewing in the Central Region and rightly so. In my opinion, it is definitely nicer than the famed autumn leaves viewing in Kyoto because I think autumn leaves viewing is best enjoyed with a stroll along the river and a picnic in natural setting.
The night light-up should not be missed as it offers a drastically different view from the day.
It begins after the sun sets until 9pm for the whole month of November.
Kourankei is not easily accessible without a car so do check beforehand if you are using public transportation. Either way do make sure you depart as early as possible to avoid getting stuck in the congested road for hours.