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
This was our first view of the park, on the way in.
The bridge was the most popular photo spot.
Our awesome Japanese travel companions!
Square photos are cool, right? Actually, I cropped it because of an annoying photo-bomber. (>_<)
We had the perfect weather.
Pathway to the temple.
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.
The forest was so dense and colourful.
The forest roof was just stunning.
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.”
The path down through the forest.
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.
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.
If you haven’t yet, check out part one of this post! Happy Autumn!