Discover Cherry Blossoms in Autumn in This Japan Destination

Discover Cherry Blossoms in Autumn in This Japan Destination

BRB, bookmarking this for our next fall holiday in the Land of the Rising Sun.

For those who can’t get enough of travelling to Japan, it’s often a dilemma between which season to visit: spring for the cherry blossoms, or autumn for the gorgeous foliage? Well, would you believe us if we said you can actually have both?

It turns out there’s a way to enjoy these two seasonal attractions — without having to travel twice in a year (although, that wouldn’t be something we’d say no to either). In the Obara district of Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, you can actually spot cherry blossoms in autumn! 

The only place in Japan that has cherry blossoms during autumn

So, how is it possible that Obara district can have sakura and autumn leaves at the same time? Well, that’s because it has cherry trees from a rare kind of species called Shikizakura that bloom twice a year: once in spring, and again in fall.  

The district now has over 10,000 of these special cherry trees. Their second blooming season is typically from early to late November. Lucky for us, this is also when the autumn foliage is most vibrant! They also host the annual ​​Obara Shikizakura Four-Season Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate this breathtaking phenomenon. 

Image credit (L-R): vichie 81 via Canva Pro; Tourism Toyota Official Instagram Page

This year, the festival is taking place from 13 Nov to 5 Dec, and it covers several scenic venues, including Obara Fureai Park and Senmi Shikizakura-no-Sato. Oh, and it’s also for free! We recommend checking out the festival website for updates on each area where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in autumn. 

Also read: Snow In Japan Is Absolutely Magical: Here Are the Destinations to Prove It!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who can travel to Japan soon, then better make the most out of it. But if you’re like us who have to wait a little longer (*sigh*), then perhaps this list of idyllic villages and countryside towns should satisfy your wanderlust for now. 

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Marcy Miniano
Marcy Miniano

A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.