Japan is Photogenic in Autumn: Part Two

Going leaf-viewing is a favourite pastime of many in Japan. Although we are in our fourth Autumn in Japan now, we’ve never really gone anywhere with the specific purpose of looking at leaves.

Recently, though, we got our chance as a couple of our Japanese friends took us on a leaf-viewing adventure! We went to Kourankei in our neighbouring Aichi Prefecture. The leaves were just past the climax of the fullest colours, so it wasn’t as busy as we expected, but it was beautiful, especially at night when everything was lit up. Canada, take notes!

Kourankei in the Daytime

kourankei - entering the park

This was our first view of the park, on the way in.

kourankei - bridge tourists

The bridge was the most popular photo spot.

Our awesome Japanese travel companions!

Our awesome Japanese travel companions!

kourankei - j and j square

Square photos are cool, right? Actually, I cropped it because of an annoying photo-bomber. (>_<)

kourankei - red yellow blue

We had the perfect weather.

Pathway to the temple

Pathway to the temple.

View of the temple courtyard and the leaf-viewers lining up to pray.

View of the temple courtyard and the leaf-viewers lining up to pray.

After passing through the temple we ventured into the hiking trails above.

After passing through the temple we ventured into the hiking trails above.

Memorial stones

Memorial stones.

The forest was so dense and colourful.

The forest was so dense and colourful.

Kourankei - forest roof

The forest roof was just stunning.

Friends in the forest

Me and Kahori, one of my first (and best!) friends in Japan!

Photoshoot time! Jordan took this shot of me, he calls it "Lady in the Forest."

Photoshoot time! Jordan took this shot of me, he calls it “Lady in the Forest.”

The path down through the forest.

The path down through the forest.

The forest is inhabited by small stone people... j/k

The forest is inhabited by small stone people… j/k

After our hike, we grabbed lunch, then drank matcha and warmed ourselves at this fire, as we waited for nightfall.

After our hike, we grabbed lunch, then drank matcha and warmed ourselves at this fire, as we waited for nightfall.

Kourankei Nighttime Illumination

I thought the daytime was pretty, but the nighttime was that much more magical. It’s probably best if I let the rest of these photos speak for themselves.

View of the bridge through the trees.

Jordan and I

kourankei night - janelle

kourankei night jordan

kourankei night kahori

kourankei - leaves at dark

kourankei - pretty at dark

kourankei - leaves over water at dark

kourankei - yellow leaves at night

If you haven’t yet, check out part one of this post! Happy Autumn!

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13 thoughts on “Japan is Photogenic in Autumn: Part Two

  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! (Autumn Illumination in Japan) | The JWs do Japan

    • Thanks, haha! Autumn is a great season, unfortunately it’s always too short in Japan… “Ooh pretty colours! Oh I can see my breath inside my apartment already!” (>_<)

  2. I totally agree with you- Japan is very photogenic at this time of the year. The leaves are so beautiful and it’s so colourful! Thanks for sharing your photos :D

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