25Saitama Fall Foliage Spot: Lake Kamakita (鎌北湖), Moroyama

In the fall, the mountains surrounding Lake Kamakita appear as waves of autumn colors pouring into the water from all around. Though just 2 kilometers in circumference, this small lake packs within it a powerful view, mirroring the red and gold painted hills in the still water. After hiking around the beautiful scenery in Moroyama, Saitama, you can take a boat out onto the lake to truly immerse yourself in autumn hues.

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First colors: Beginning of November
Color Peak: Middle of November until the end of November
Access: 60min walk from Moro Station (JR Hachiko Line); 70min walk from Higashi-Moro Station (Tobu – Ogose Line)
Address: Oyagi, Moroyama-machi, Iruma-gun, 350-0452 Saitama
Ranking: ★★★★☆

26Saitama Fall Foliage Spot: Torii Kannon (鳥居観音), Hanno​

Among the vivid autumn leaves at Torii Kannon is a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. Overlooking the colored landscape are three large religious statues and beautiful temple buildings. With stunning colors woven throughout the mountain, Torii Kannon is one of the top tourist attractions in Saitama, Japan in autumn.

First colors: End of October
Color Peak: Beginning of November until the middle of November
Access: 40min bus ride from Hanno Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line) until Renkeibashi (5min walk)
Address: 3198 Kaminaguri, Hanno-shi, 357-0111 Saitama
Ranking: ★★★★☆