Autumn Colors in Fukuoka


It has become quite cold early in the morning and at night. This means the autumn season is upon us in full color. From mid November through the end of the month is the best time to enjoy brilliant fall colors. Let me introduce you to a couple of spots.

Komyozenji (Komyo Zen Temple)
This temple is located in Dazaifu City beyond the path to Dazaifu Tenmangu (Dazaifu Shrine). Intimately called Kokedera (Moss Temple), the temple’s rear garden illustrates land with moss and ocean with white sand, and the front garden places a number of stones to create “Buddhism light.” You can also enjoy the autumn colors and rhododendrons. From Tenjin, you need to transfer at Nishitetsu Line Futsukaichi Station to go to Dazaifu. It takes about 30 minutes and 400 yen one-way. The admission to the temple is 200 yen.

Akizukijoseki (Akizuki Castle Ruin)
Also well known for beautiful cherry blossoms, this castle is called “Little Kyoto” for its traditional elegance and attracts many visitors every year. Towards the end of November, you can view the vivid red colors on about 20 Japanese maple trees around Kuromon (Black Gate). The contrast between the red and black is stunning and is sure to take your breath away. Using Nishitesu Line, it takes about 80 minutes to get to Amagi Station (790 yen one way) and additional 20-minute bus ride to Akizuki (360 yen one way). It is a bit far but definitely worth the trip.

In addition to these, there are many more locations in Saga, Oita and Kumamoto Prefectures where you can view the autumn colors. If you have time, I strongly recommend you explore those areas.