On the hunt for the most magnificent fall foliage in Asia? You’re in good company!

From rural regions in Japan to the national parks of South Korea, Klook has rounded up a list of its top 5 places to admire the season’s changing maple leaves.

Seasons in Japan: Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), Autumn (September to November), Winter (December to February)

Seasons in Korea: Spring (April to June), Summer (July to August), Autumn (September to November), Winter (December to March)


1. Izu Peninsula, Japan

Izu Peninsula, Japan

Famed for its lush forests and imposing mountains, Japan’s Izu Peninsula is the perfect setting for an autumn adventure.

Offering unlimited rides on all Izu-kyu trains, the Izu-kyu Line 1 Day and 2 Day Passes from Tokyo by Klook enables travellers to visit the picturesque peninsula for wonderful woodland treks, saffron-hued leaves, and steamy hot spring experiences.

2. Hakone, Japan

Hakone, Japan

Kamakurakoko-Mae Station, Geothermal Valley and Lake Ashi Day Tour from Tokyo to Hakone, travellers will not only be surrounded by unforgettable fall scenery, but they will also have a chance to explore the volcanic Hakone Oyagi Valley and try a hands-on guided matcha experience.

Those looking to continue the fun can snap up the Hakone Free Pass (2 Days, 3 Days) with unlimited travel on eight different modes of transit including trains and ropeways – the latter offering the best views of the region’s crimson-kissed canopies.

3. Kyoto, Japan

Nara, Japan

On the Kyoto Sagano Romantic Train, Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera & Fushimi Inari-taisha Day Tour, travellers will soak up the most scenic spots in the countryside of Kyoto – picture a train ride up Arashiyama mountain and a visit to UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Another option is the Kyoto Arashiyama, Golden Pavilion Temple, Todaiji and Kobe MOSAIC Day Tour, which winds through Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

Highlights include a trip to the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple, the UNESCO-listed Todaiji Temple, and the vast Nara Park where ochre-hued forests.

4. Nikko, Japan

Nikko, Japan

Explore the breathtaking autumn atmosphere of Nikko, located north of Tokyo, on an all-you-can-ride Nikko Pass.

A favorite destination for maple-leaf viewing, travellers will want to make a beeline to the Akechidaira Ropeway.

From this mountain-top observation point, you can admire the Kegon Waterfalls, Lake Chuzenji and endless canopies of golden leaves

5. Naejangsan Mountain, South Korea

Naejangsan Mountain, South Korea

Exclusively available during the autumn season, the Naejangsan Mountain Appreciation Day Tour is a wonderful way to marvel at the changing leaves of South Korea.

Travellers will inch up the side of Naejang Mountain via cable car, then trek along a maple-tree-lined path with ruby red leaves all around.

Did we miss a spot to admire beautiful autumn foliage? Share with us in the comments below!

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