Come Autumn, Japan’s honeysweet blooms ripen into gold and crimson coloured leaves, dancing along to the rhythm of the wind.
The Autumn Koyo (colourful leaves) season is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan, with dramatic changes of colour across the country. Lasting around 50 days, the Koyo season starts in the northern island of Hokkaido in mid-September, and makes its way down Japan, reaching Kyushu by late October.
Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island, located southwest of the main island Honshu.
Traverse mountains, volcanic heartlands and enchanting forest trails, with accommodation in traditional Japanese inns and onsen hot spring resorts.
You’ll also be trekking through the ancient rainforest of one of the wettest places on earth, Yakushima, a celebrated UNESCO world natural heritage site.
NEXT: The Kunisaki Retreat →
Kunisaki, a quiet haven of rural life, is largely untouched – few Japanese, and even fewer foreigners, have heard of it, let alone visited.
Explore the stunning countryside, sleepy hamlets, verdant forests and paddy fields, and craggy ridges and mountains.
Learn the traditions that make the beautiful peninsula of Kunisaki so special – the temples, wayside shrines and myriad stone buddhas might be , but are still reminders of its deeply religious past.
Plus, excellent local cuisine, meditation and yoga sessions to start your mornings, onsen hot springs to relax your mind and body, and more.
NEXT: The Basho Tour →
Matsuo Basho’s most famous poetic travelogue, Narrow Road To The North, is one of the great works of Japanese literature.
Follow in the footsteps of this 17th century poet through some of the greatest scenery to be found in Japan, starting in Tokyo, following the rugged Sea of Japan coast, and finishing in Kyoto.
NEXT: The Kyushu Expedition →
By Pinky Chng, August 2016