Watching red leaves in autumn is the top priority for almost all tourists to Japan. In late October, the coastal cities are still quite warm, and leaves are still green as usual. But higher on the mountains with lower temperature, they are gradually changing their hue. Koya-san in Wakayama prefecture is around 800 to 1000 meters above sea level. Most foliage has already turned red and yellow; while some others are just starting to put on new colors. This creates terrific scenes as you stroll in the many pleasant gardens. As temples, shrines and traditional houses spread out on the mountain, the colorful foliage matches, or sometimes contrasts, with their bright red or dark brown colors. The color of nature and human culture comes together to create breathtaking scenes on the mountains.
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I had spend almost the last 10 years traveling to different corners of the world seldom reached by others as tourists. Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Bangladesh and Ukraine are among many others. To see and smell a place first handedly is absoulutely differnt from reading and hearing from mass media. Japan has been the country I always aspired to as I first set foot there when I was 14 years old. The rich cultural heritage and freindliness of the people left inside me a wonderful memory. Therefore I was there again when I was 17. I have been recently staying in Germany for my studies, traveling around Europe to experience its diversity and rich history. Yet I still wish I could visit Japan again in the near future, preferably to Hokaiido and Fukuoka. Outside traveling, my hobbit is photography, cycling, sailing and cooking. Honestly Japanese food is one of the best in the world. As a fish lover, I could not resist Japanese crusine. Otherwise, Ramen, Sushi and green tea are all my favourite. When I read cultural studies in the university in Hong Kong, Japan turned out to me as a very speical society. The mentality and popular culture which has affected the world is inspiring. I really hope I could go deeper into this when I got the chance.