10 Most Stunning Destinations in Asia to Experience the Best of Autumn

Autumn, no doubt, is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. As what William Cullen Bryant puts it, "It's the year's last loveliest smile". And it is.

The environment is extra poetic and charming as gorgeous foliage and warm hues form a gorgeous canopy on the roadside. 

During the Autumn season, landscapes are swathed in brilliant shades -f deep red and warm yellow, like a golden sunrise. And mother nature looks lovelier, and the cool weather is perfect for long walks

Brilliant foliage of the autumn season

Autumn Travel in Asia

When it comes to autumn travel, the most popular destinations for travelers are usually Europe, Tuscany. The Netherlands, and USA, most notably the New England region of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Japan is Asia's premier autumn destination

However, Asia has also a fair share of natural wonders during the Fall season. China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are the region's best destinations to see the stunning autumn foliage, where the environment is soaked in brilliant colors of deep yellows, burnt tangerines, and fiery reds. 

Here are 10 of the most beautiful Asian destinations to experience a rustic Fall moment:

10. Xitou Nature Education Area, Nantou County, Taiwan

According to Taiwan news, Xitou Nature Education Area is a must-visit place in Taiwan during the autumn season. It is popular for its scenic beauty of nature and houses exciting attractions like Sun Moon lake and Qinjing farm.

Xitou Nature Education Area

This area is also remarkably breathtaking during autumn due to Gingko and Maple trees along the mountain trail. And these trees release brilliant foliage in autumn from late October to early December.

9. Kurobe Gorge, Tomaya prefecture

The most ideal country to visit in Asia comes autumn season is Japan. The country is blessed with spectacular scenery and stunning natural wonders through its sweeping vistas, wooded parks and prefectures and breathtaking trees and blooms.

Kurobe Gorge

Japan is popular for cherry blossoms travel in spring but it is also a great choice for an autumn trip due to its lush golden foliage. 

Kurobe Gorge in Tomoya prefecture is just one of its amazing autumn destinations. It's an ideal place for mountain hikers, intrepid adventurers, and nature lovers.

The thick vegetation and wooded areas along the cliffsides of the towering bridges. With the scenic Kurobe river below and mountain peaks above, Kurobe Gorge is a perfect destination for thrill-seekers and autumn aficionados.

8. Metasequoia Namiki Avenue, Shiga

A stunning prefectural road in Shiga, Japan soaked with more than 500 metasequoia trees, Namiki avenue is a dreamy place to visit during the autumn season.

Namili avenue soaked in Metasequioa trees

Due to its beautiful roadside scenery, it has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 roadside sceneries. Namiki avenue offers varying wonders in every season but lovelier during Fall.

This 2.4 long avenue offers a beautiful scenery straight from the movie. Its metasequioa trees lined up on each side of the road neatly and its leaves form a canopy that makes the atmosphere a lot poetic and dreamy.

7. Asan Gingko Tree Road, Seoul

Gingko trees create a spectacular atmosphere during autumn. Not only these trees have beautiful foliage, its towering heights make the view more amazing.

Along the Asan road in Seoul, South Korea, stood the imposing Gingko trees overlooking a river. According to other bloggers who have visited this place, it's just about 2.5 hours from the downtown Seoul.

It's one of a must-visit place in South Korea during autumn so do not miss out including it in your travel bucket list!

6. Fushoushan Farm, Taichung, Taiwan

Dubbed as the Switzerland of Taiwan, Fushoushan farm nestled by the mountain ranges Hehuansan and Xueshan. As the greenery turns warm yellow and fiery red, this farm becomes a picture of loveliness. 

Beautiful autumn scenery in Fushoushan farm

Visitors are also treated to a fruit-picking during autumn. Due to its high elevated location, it is a great place to do sunrise and sunset viewing. 

The farm offers dining, accommodation  and guiding services and has a strolling avenue for hikers. It has a Pine house and a tea factory.

5. Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing, China

Known also as Xiangshan park, Fragrant Hills park is a public park in the eastern part of Western Hills, Haidian district in Beijing. It is a former imperial garden during the Qing dynasty and formerly known as Jingyi garden.

Autumn scenery in Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing

It covers almost 400 acres of land, surrounded with pine-cypress forest, hills with Maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees. It is a huge park with lots of oriental vibe gushing around the area. Cultural relics, natural sceneries, lakes and pavilions.

During autumn, the deep red leaves of the smoke trees blanket the entire mountain, creating a picturesque scenery around Fragrant Hills Park.

4. Naejangsan National Park, Jeolla-do

This is one of South Korea's most spectacular destinations during autumn season. And it's easy to see why. 

With scenic vista, hills, waterfalls, and mountains covering the landscape, and a placid lake below. No wonder this national park is so beautiful comes autumn season.

It is touted to be South Korea's most stunning autumn destination. It offers an quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life. It is located on the border of North Jeolla and South Jeolla

3. Nami Island, Chuncheon, South Korea

K-drama fans are familiar with Nami island. It is a popular fixture among Korean drama series as a filming location. My Love From the Stars, Secret Garden and Winter Sonata are among the island's best endorsers. 

Autumn canopy in Nami island

Over the years, travelers who flocked to South Korea, never missed out Nami island. In fact, it has become a novelty among K-drama fanatics.

Namiseom or Nami island looks like a half-moon shaped located in Chuncheon, Gangwon province, South Korea. Best period to visit Nami island for a spectacular foliage viewing is between late September and early November.

2. Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is more popular as a winter destination, especially Sapporo, but it is also a great place to visit during autumn. It is pack with lush scenery, warm hues and brilliant surrounding during Fall season.

Futami suspension bridge in Jozankei Onsen

Hokkaido is located in the Northern part of the country making it the Japanese place to see autumn  earliest than other locations in Japan. 

Best recommended places in Hokkaido to view autumn foliage are Hokkaido University Gingko Tree Avenue, Nakajima Park, and Jozankei Onsen. 

Hokkaido really is one of the best autumn destinations in Asia because fall colors will peak in September when everyone is in the mood for a change of season.

1. Kyoto, Japan

Oh yes, Kyoto! When it comes to Autumn travel in Asia, nothing does it better than Kyoto. It's one of the oldest and loveliest cities in Japan, where atmosphere is so stunning and picturesque.

Daigoji temple, a world site heritage in Kyoto

It is one of the many places on Earth acknowledged by most travel researchers and reviewers as a must-visit. 

With its natural charm, beautiful scenery of nature, great food and historic environment, Kyoto is truly a picture of loveliness.

Autumn season makes it even lovelier and gorgeous. Everywhere is blanketed with Maple trees, and forested mountains hang in the background, making Kyoto a charming Japanese city to experience the best of autumn travel.

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