Go Instagram crazy at these beautiful autumn foliage spots in Japan and South Korea

In Asia Pacific, Japan and South Korea are two popular destinations to visit during the autumn period with plenty of stunning spots to admire the foliage and unleash your inner child.

author_img N.J. Pinto Published :  14th October 2018 03:08 PM   |   Published :   |  14th October 2018 03:08 PM


Autumn is one of the most magical times each year as the leaves burst into vibrant hues of orange, yellow, red and golden, and the weather hits the perfect sweet spot. It is also one of the best seasons for travel and snapping Instagram-worthy photos.To celebrate the arrival of autumn, Hotels.com™ has launched its Autumn Leaves campaign, offering travellers up to 40 percent off on hotel bookings in a selected number of cities in Japan and South Korea.

The deals will be applicable for travel till mid-December and are available from booking till November or earlier if the offers run out.

In Asia Pacific, Japan and South Korea are two popular destinations to visit during the autumn period with plenty of stunning spots to admire the foliage and unleash your inner child by jumping into piles of crunchy fallen leaves. We reveal some of the best spots in Japan and South Korea for the most “Instagrammable” foliage shots as well as nearby accommodation options.

1. Meiji Jingu Gaien Park [Tokyo]
1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0013
Ginkgo trees in autumn on a local avenue near Meiji Jingu Gaien Park, Tokyo
The Meiji Jingu Gaien Park is one of Tokyo’s best places for ‘momijigari’, the viewing of colourful fall leaves. Look out for Gingko Avenue, where the leaves on approximately 150 Gingko trees lined on either side of a 300m-long street turn a gorgeous golden yellow. Moreover, a festival is held there during the peak of the season to grab some gourmet food and souvenirs.

Nearby accommodation:
Shinjuku Prince Hotel is available from INR 9,254* per room per night.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo is available from INR 32,198* per room per night.

2. Kiyomizu-Dera Temple [Kyoto]
1-294, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
Kiyomizu-Dera Temple in autumn, Kyoto
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is nestled amid cherry and maple trees that erupt in a sea of orange and red during fall, offering amazing sky-high views in the temple’s main stage which is located 13m above the hillside.

Nearby accommodation:
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto is available from INR 6,146* per room per night.
Ryokan Yoshida-sanso is available from INR 32,788* per room per night.

3. Hakone Tozan Railway [Hakone]
Autumn in Hakone
Hop on a locomotive by the Hakone Tozan Railway and sit back for a different kind of leaf peeping experience. Board the train that runs between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora stations, as it will pause momentarily on the Hayakawa Bridge for fantastic 360-degree views of the autumn leaves.

Nearby accommodation:
Ashinoko Ichinoyu is available from INR 9,273* per room per night.
Musashino Bekkan is available from INR 24,471* per room per night.

4. Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin Temple [Fukuoka]
626 Raizan, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
Autumn leaves in a park, Fukuoka
In the temple compound sits a majestic 400-year-old maple tree – declared a prefectural natural monument – that makes for a beautiful spot to pull out your picnic mat and soak up the beauty of autumn.

Nearby accommodation:
Hotel New Otani Hakata is available from INR 6,223* per room per night.
With The Style Fukuoka is available from INR 22,620* per room per night.

South Korea
5. Gyeongbokgung Palace [Seoul]
161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Autumn leaves in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
Built in the 14th century, Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of South Korea’s most iconic sights thanks to its sheer grandeur in architecture, which is further accentuated during autumn. There are plenty of opportunities within the palace’s vast compound to go Instagram-crazy and get that perfect autumn shot.

Nearby accommodation:
Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong2 is available from INR 6,197* per room per night.
Lotte Hotel World is available from INR 13,224* per room per night.

6. Seoraksan National Park [Sokcho]
Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Autumn leaves in Seoraksan National Park, Sokcho
Situated 1,708m above ground, Seoraksan National Park is worth the hike no matter the season. In autumn, the rich colours of yellow, orange and red are a feast for the eyes.

Nearby accommodation:
The Class 300 is available from INR 3,788* per room per night.
Lotte Resort Sokcho is available from INR 9,738* per room per night.

7. Jeongseon Rail Bike [Jeongseon]
745, Nochusan-ro, Yeoryang-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Autumn in Jeongseon
Admire the autumn foliage and try out an unconventional activity in Jeongseon: rail biking. Typically found in the mountainous areas around Europe, the activity allows you to stop and snap photos as and when you please as well.

Nearby accommodation:
Yongpyong Resort Dragon Valley Hotel is available from INR 3,181* per room per night.
PARK ROCHE is available from INR 16,879* per room per night.

8. Jeonju Hanok Village [Jeonju]
29, Eojin-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju
Time seems to have stood still in Jeonju Hanok Village, an ancient village that is brimming with historical charm. You can’t miss the unique roof edges on the over 800 Korean hanok houses which make for the perfect backdrop amid the autumn foliage.

Nearby accommodation:
Dukmanjae is available from INR 2,353* per room per night.
Jazz Around Hotel is available from INR 4,560* per room per night.
*Hotel rates (per room per night) as on 27th September 2018