The Four Seasons. Each categorically distinct and uniquely celebrated. They’ve been emulated through music, dance, visual arts and even as an international luxury hotel brand—all avenues of interpretation backed with a stamp of prestige.

And not for nothing either. To wax poetic, spring and autumn have an integral purpose in the seasonal cycle, which is seemingly to buffer the hot and cold extremes of summer and winter. They don’t take their roles lightly either, especially not in Japan.  Spring comes through lighthearted with a gush of flower blossoms, ornate cherry trees and a daintiness to offset the insufferable heat of a Japanese summer. Autumn is soldiered with stoic trees—their leaves roaring with vibrant red, orange and yellow hues to prepare the spirit for the dismal grey and chill of winter.

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That’s enough to warrant prestige and then some. So while we’re in the thick of autumn, the best way to pay homage to this wondrous season (apart from snacking away on some fall-inspired sweets and treats) is to get outdoors and simply revel in the beauty of the changing leaves. To help you do just that, we’ve set you up with these infographics detailing the most stunning spots around the Tokyo and Kanto areas to take in this brilliantly colored season.

Tokyo Autumn Leaves

tokyo autumn leaves
 | Photo by Kanako Shimura

Kanto Area Autumn Leaves

tokyo autumn leaves
 | Photo by Kanako Shimura
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Ginkgo trees – Meiji Jingu Gaien | Photo by David Ishikawa
Japanese maples
Japanese maples | Photo by David Ishikawa
Bonsai dioramas at Meiji Jingu
Bonsai dioramas at Meiji Jingu | Photo by David Ishikawa
Bonsai dioramas at Meiji Jingu
Bonsai dioramas at Meiji Jingu | Photo by David Ishikawa
Japanese maples
Japanese maples | Photo by David Ishikawa
Japanese maples in Harajuku
Japanese maples in Harajuku | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Wedding at Tojo Jinga | Photo by David Ishikawa
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