5 Kiyotsu Gorge (清津峡) in Tokamachi

First colors: mid-October

Color Peak: end of October – beginning of November
Details: One of Japan’s three biggest gorges
Special sight: The panoramic area with an overview of the gorge
Access: 30min by bus from JR Echigoyuzawa, then a 25min walk
Address: Koide, Tokamachi, 949-8433 Niigata
Ranking: ★★★★☆

6 Yahiko Park (弥彦公園)

First colors: Middle of October
Color Peak: End of October until the middle of November
Details: Best known for its shrine, Yahiko also has a big park with lush greenery. Why not combine your autumn walk with a shrine visit and mountain hike?
Recommended Spot: Maple Valley
Festival: Chrystanthemum Festival at Yahiko Shrine (November 1st – November 24th)
Access: 2min walk from JR Yahiko Station
Address: Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Nishikanbara-gun, 959-0323 NiigataRanking: ★★★★☆