Autumn Leaves Driving Course in Fukuoka
The hot summer weather is finally coming to an end! And that can only mean one thing… It’s nearly time for Autumn and the leaves to start changing color!
There are always a lot of people visiting Japan who want to view the leaves changing color (koyo)! But a lot of the best places to enjoy this fabulous sight are located in the countryside! There might be a few locations that you haven’t had the chance to find-out about!
For this special feature, we rented a car and then headed around Fukuoka exploring some of the best places to view Autumn foliage in the prefecture! We will highlight some of the top spots in the city center, as well as a few locations further afield that might not be so well-known to people from outside of the area!
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But the main focus of this article is the beauty of the Autumn leaves turning red, and the best places in Fukuoka to view this wonderful natural phenomenon, so let’s get exploring!
Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihio-in (Temple)
Name: Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihio-in (Temple)
Address: 626, Raizan, Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture
First up is Raizan Sennyo-ji Daihio-in, which is located on the southern side of Raizan, Itoshima City.
This is a spot that is often spoken about by people in the know! But what do you think? We would love to know what you make of it after your visit!
You’re sure to be moved by the subdued colors of the Autumnal leaves, and the calm, spiritual atmosphere inside the temple grounds.
Name: Ito Aguri
Address: Ito Aguri, 882 Kawatsuki, Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Food in Ito Aguri
Bringing together agricultural produce and delicious dishes inside a homely environment, visitors to Ito Aguri can find food prepared using locally sourced ingredients from both the sea and land.
This is a great chance to enjoy organic vegetables from the Itoshima area, nutritious food that is good for your body, as well as some of the finest Kyushu ingredients and flavorings.
Yametsuhime Jinja (Shrine)
Name: Yametsuhime Jinja
Address: 414 Yabemura Kitayabe, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
The next destination we would like to tell you about is a shrine in Yame!
Yametsuhime Jinja has long been loved as a place that honors females gods.
Viewing the autumn leaves changing color in a spiritual location is a truly remarkable experience!
Somanosatokeiryu Koen (Park)
Known as something of an unexplored region, Somanosatokeiryu Koen offers visitors a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Make sure to check-it-out!
Ohori Koen (Park) – Japanese Garden
Name: Ohori Koen
Address: 1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
This wonderful park located right in the heart of Fukuoka City is just a stones throw away from Ohori Koen Subway Station.
Residents who live nearby frequently go jogging or cycling in Ohori Koen. Day or night, you will always find people from all age groups exercising in the park’s grounds.
There is a big lake right in the center of Ohori Koen. Visitors can enjoy taking a swan boat or bike-style peddle boat out on to the water, or stop by the stylish Starbucks right in the center of the park. With so many awesome attractions, it’s easy to see why Ohori is such a popular destination for tourists!
Enjoy the autumn leaves changing color as you walking around the park’s beautiful lake!
Locals know Ohori Park as a great place inside the city to view the Autumn leaves changing color. Within the park grounds, the Japanese garden is particularly well-known for its charming atmosphere and traditional, picturesque appearance.
Maizuru Koen (Park)
Name: Maizuru Koen
Address: 1 Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka Cuty, Fukuoka Prefecture
Located right beside Ohori Koen, Maizuru Koen (Park) is a great location to relax, and forget about the stresses of modern day life.
Many university students based in the area visit Maizuru Koen to view the cherry blossoms during Spring, and the Autumn foliage when the weather starts to get a bit cooler. The park is also located within walking distance from the Fukuoka Castle ruins.
The stunning site of the Autumn leaves changing color more than makes up for the fact that the castle no longer stands. A charming park that has remained unchanged, Maizuru is a beautiful place to witness the changing color of the Autumnal leaves with friends and those close to you!
Address: 2-11-7 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Mizutaki at Saitoya
After a full day outside enjoying the Autumn foliage, you’ll probably be feeling a bit chilly and slightly hungry. Well, if you’re looking for somewhere to warm your body and fill your stomach, make sure to stop by a restaurant that specialises in Fukuoka cuisine called Saitoya! Serving famous local dishes such as mizutaki (chicken hotpot), motsunabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (pollock roe), and goma-saba (mackerel covered in sesame), this is a superb choice for any tourists looking to sample well-known cuisine from the surrounding area!
Name: Momiji Hachimangu
Address: 1-26-55 Takatori, Sawara Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Momiji Hachimangu is in close proximity to the Fujisaki Subway Station.
With the Chinese characters for the Autumn leaves contained in the name of this gorgeous temple, it is not much of a surprise that this is known as one of the best venues to enjoy the tree leaves starting to turn wonderful hues of red and brown.
The temple is located near the Fujisaki and Nishijin Shotengai (Shopping Arcades), two wonderful spots to visit if your are looking for an insight into local people’s daily lives.
What do you make of our suggestions? Were there any sites that particularly stood out for you? We visited some great locations to view the Autumn leaves change color. We managed to take in a number of spots both inside and outside of the city.
There really is a wide selection of places to go inside Fukuoka Prefecture if you are interested in taking in the Autumn foliage, so why not rent a car and try to get around as many as possible?