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Momiji Leaves in Nikko

Changing fall colors grace historic Nikko

Fall in Japan means "momiji" leaves. The Japanese Maple trees grace the landscape all over Japan, but the changing fall colors are especially famous in Nikko, Tochigi.

Nikko is a historic spot in the Kanto region about 2.5 hours from Tokyo by express train. It is also known for waterfalls, including Kegon Waterfall (華厳の滝, Kegonnotaki), one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan.

I took a seasonal train from Chiba City to Nikko in early November to see the start of the changing autumn leaves known as the "kouyou" season.