Autumn has finally arrived. In Japan, autumn is known as a season of various leisure activities like food, reading, sports, and vacations. Above all, the view of autumnal leaves cannot be missed. Here are some of famous accommodation facilities that are close to well known autumn scenery, and places with great gardens.
1. SORA Togetsusou Kinryu
SORA Togetsusou Kinryu, is a quiet traditional ryokan (Japanese-style inn), which has recently reopened after a renewal. This ryokan has a great view of the hot spring resort near Shuzen-ji Temple. The open-air onsen (private onsen available) can be enjoyed under the starry sky at night, while birds can be heard in the morning. The Japanese garden, located in an annex, is almost 50,000 square meters, and is illuminated from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, to allow you to enjoy the beautiful colors of the leaves at night. There is also the Shuzen-ji Nature Park, known for having the largest maple forest in the Izu region, which is located 12 minutes away by car. The beautiful autumn foliage of approximately 1,000 maple trees can be seen from mid-November to early December.
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2. Nikko Ogurayama Onsen Syun-Gyo-Tei Yurin
This is an onsen facility without lodging facilities. However, it is open until 2:00 am, so you can relax without worrying about the time. This is a great spot not many people are aware of, as it is a little out of the main area of Nikko. There are both indoor and open-air baths. The relaxing open-air bath with plenty of sunlight is surrounded by oak trees and is illuminated at night. Syun-Gyo-Tei Yurin has the perfect atmosphere to relax. The admission fee is 800 JPY. The soft-boiled egg carbonara (1,344 JPY), a popular meal of Cafe Dining Bar Oguraan, is also recommended.
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3. Tsurumaki Onsen JINYA
JINYA, located in Hadano, is a traditional ryokan with long history. Tsurumaki Onsen has been valued as a hot spring resort since the Meiji era, and is a hot spring with one of the highest levels of calcium content in the world. It is known to work as a remedy for injuries, rheumatism, and neuralgia, as well as for gastrointestinal disease if you drink the water directly from the well. The beautifully tinted garden is at its peak at the end of November. Yamafuji, the open-air bath for men, is especially beautiful as it is illuminated at night.
4. Miyajima Kinsuikan
This is an accommodation with high reviews that has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award two years in a row. It is a long-established ryokan with more than 100 years of history, which also offers delicious cuisine. Kinsuikan is one of the two places where you can enjoy the water from Miyajima Shioyu Onsen, and you can reach the famous Itsukushima Shrine within a 5 minute walk. Momijidani Park, which can be reached within 10 minutes on foot, has an amazing view of approximately 700 Japanese maple trees.
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5. Chorakuen in Tamatsukuri Onsen Spa
Chorakuen was founded in 1868 at Tamatsukuri Onsen, a resort established more than 1000 years ago. Ryugu-no-yu, the largest mixed open-air bath in Japan, is a 400 square meter bath that is illuminated at night. The 3,300 square meter garden, which places every year in the Top Japanese Garden ranking in the American magazine Journal of Japanese Gardening, is beautiful and has a different appearance in every season. You may be able to discover new qualities of Japan while having a stroll in this garden.
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The mesmerizingly beautiful leaves are one of the iconic qualities of Japanese autumn. You can either remember it in photos or save the image as a memory. Please come and see this amazing view that will only last for a short time.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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