Vivid Autumn Colors in Korankei

Beautiful valley decorated with countless maple leaves

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

Korankei Valley in Aichi prefecture is famous for its gorgeous autumn foliage...and they aren't proud for nothing!

The valley, gouged by the Tomoe River, features about 4,000 maple trees, which fill the entire riverbank, along with a tunnel of colored leaves that pleases the eyes of the people walking through this riverside passageway. I visited here on November 15th, two years ago. I thought it would be too early for the autumn foliage, but I enjoyed the gorgeous vivid colors very much. This spot is famous for its night-time mystic illumination as well, but I love the color of leaves best when the setting sun shines through the leaves in the late afternoon. I feel they look most brilliant at this time of the day.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose