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10 Cool Autumn Spots in Japan's National Parks

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When autumn comes to Japan, there's no better place to see it than the nation's national parks. One look at these 10 picturesque spots and we're sure you'll agree!

Mount Kutsukake (Oita)

Starting in the south, Mount Kutsukake (沓掛山・Kutsukake-yama) affords lovely views of the Kuju Mountain Range (くじゅう連山・Kuju Renzan).

Mount Norikura (Nagano & Gifu)

The border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures traces the eastern edge of the crater of Mount Norikura (乗鞍岳・Norikura-dake).

Shirahone Onsen (Nagano)

Shirahone Onsen (白骨温泉) offers spectacular views when the leaves change.

Karasawa (Nagano)

Karasawa (涸沢) is found just on the Nagano side of the border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures.

Myoko Suginohara (Niigata)

Before the ski slopes open for the winter, the gondola at Myoko Suginohara (妙高杉ノ原) offers breathtaking views of the changing leaves.

Tanigawa Mountain Range (Gunma & Niigata)

A view of the Tanigawa Mountain Range taken from Mount Tanigawa, found on the border between Minakami Town in Gunma Prefecture and Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. Perhaps because the temperature drop was quite sudden this year, the colors of the autumn leaves have been stunning, with vibrant Japanese rowan (‘nanakamado’) and maples (‘kaede’) giving the mountain ridge the appearance of a field of bamboo grass slathered in red leaf sauce. The leaves are now beginning to change at the base of the ropeway as well. #NationalPark #AutumnLeaves #Mountains #上信越高原国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #日本 #國家公園 #일본 #국립공원 #国立公園 Follow: @nationalpark_japan

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The ridge of the Tanigawa Mountain Range (谷川連峰・Tanigawa Renpo) spread out from Mount Tanigawa (谷川岳・Tanigawa-dake).

Ubagadaira (Tochigi)

Ubagadaira (姥ヶ平) offers stunning views of Mount Chausu (茶臼岳・Chausu-dake).

Matsumi Falls (Aomori)

Chosen as one of the 100 Waterfalls of Japan, Matsumi Falls presents a two-tier drop of some 90 meters. Seldom visited by tourists, the falls are located about 9 kilometers off the main road that follows the Oirase Gorge, where it can be found at the end of a three-hour hike along an unpaved track. As there are a few branching paths and no direction markers along the trail, we strongly recommend going with a guide to avoid getting lost! #NationalPark #Waterfall #Falls #AutumnLeaves #Hiking #十和田八幡平国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #日本 #國家公園 #일본 #국립공원 #国立公園

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Matsumi Falls (松見の滝・Matsumi no Taki) are located in south-central Aomori Prefecture.

Tsutanuma (Aomori)

Tsutanuma (蔦沼) is a picturesque pond found in central Aomori.

Kenashitai Marshland (Aomori)

The Kenashitai Marshland (毛無岱・Kenashitai) can be found in the Hakkoda Mountains (八甲田山系・Hakkoda Sankei).

Inspired? Excitied? Now head out and find the park that's right for you!