A beautiful view of autumn leaves may be seen from late October to early November in Takanose Valley near Naga in Tokushima Prefecture.
This sight became famous in 1980, when it received the most votes in a poll for the 100 (Best) Tourist Spots in Tokushima. The poll was part of the commemoration of the prefecture’s 100th anniversary.
'Kouyou-no-nishiki' (a tapestry of autumn leaves) became the specialty of this region, along with the Kitou cedar and the Kitou yuzu.
The autumn leaves cover the sharply-sloping sides of the valley, which was formed by the headstreams of the Nakagawa River. This magnificent view stuns all those who see it. The turning maple leaves are especially beautiful, making the valley the best-loved scenic spot in Shikoku.
In other seasons, too, Takanose Valley is attractive for the tender green leaves of spring, the deep green leaves of summer, and the snow-covered landscapes of winter. This makes the area appealing to tourists all year round.
Korankei Gorge is a scenic spot in Asuke Town in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. It is said that the gorge was first developed in 1634, when the priest Sanei of Kojakuji Temple in Asuke Village planted Japanese maple trees along the front approach of the temple from the Tomoe River, modeling after Arashiyama in Kyoto.
The gorge was named “Korankei” in 1930 by combining “Ko” form Kojakuji Temple, the word “Ran,” which means “moist mountain air,” and “Kei” meaning “a gorge.”
The 1.2 km beautiful gorge along the Tomoe River makes a fine contrast with Mt. Iimoriyama, which looks like rice filled in a rice bowl. The gorge is a famous viewing spot of autumn leaves. 4,000 Japanese maple trees turn red and yellow in fall and create an exquisite landscape. The gorge is also a treasure trove of wild plants. Here you can feel the breaths of nature with all your senses.
Kyusui Ravine is a beauty spot located near the town of Kokonoe in Kusu County, Oita Prefecture.
The ravine is at the junction of the Kusu and Naruko rivers, which run by the head of Ida Plateau. Kyusui Ravine is a V-shaped valley and rises about 200m on either side. The valley is covered with trees such as fir, hemlock fir and maple.
Kyusui Ravine is famous as one of the most beautiful spots in Kyushu for red leaves, and also for its many waterfalls. Shindo Waterfall, in particular, was designated as one of Japan's 100 major waterfalls.
The wider area of the ravine is known as Naruko Valley and Kyusui is sometimes regarded as part of Naruko. Along with Ida Plateau, the area is included in the Aso Kuju National Park, so there are many tourists. Roads in this area tend to wind about in the so-called '13 bends', so there are usually lines of traffic during the popular visiting season.
In addition, Kyusui Ravine has Tengu Waterfall and cliffs, which make for superb views.
The Kanba Falls Nature Park is located near Maniwa, in the northwest of Okayama Prefecture. Inside the park, the main waterfall is 110m high and 20m wide, and has such an abundant volume of water that the sound of it falling can be heard from the trail far from the waterfall itself. Kanba Falls is known as one of the greatest waterfalls in western Japan and is one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls.
The nature park is also the habitat of some 200 wild monkeys that can sometimes be seen by visitors. The valley near the waterfall is a beautiful wooded area, with deciduous trees such as katsura, zelkova, itaya-maple and inu-shide, as well as rarer trees such as the ke-guwa and iwa-shide. The park is beautiful in any season, but especially in the fresh-green season of spring and the red-foliage season of autumn. Every year, hundreds of tourist come to visit the waterfall.