So, the other day we went to Takato Castle Ruins to view the autumn leaves before they all fall off. HOWEVER, sadly to say we were a bit late because about 75% of the maple trees had already lost most of their leaves. Autumn’s maple viewing (mamiji) is like spring’s cherry blossom viewing (hanabi) in Japan .
Autumn at Takato Castle Park
The leaves comes in different shades of yellow, red, and orange. When the sun lights passes through the leaves they glister beautifully! You just have to see it for yourself.
Both equal important to Japanese culture and tradition.
Takato castle is a pretty good size park.
The paths wraps around in a circle with stairs path going to the bottom of the bridge, where a little pond sits at the bottom.
This time around I didn’t focus much on the surrounding architecture of the remains of what use to be a castle, as I probably should have. But, in spring this place is said to be filled with the best cherry blossom in Japan, which makes it a super popular place for viewing.
When that time comes, I’ll be ready for it!. If only we knew about the maple viewing a little sooner, I imagine it would’ve been an amazing sight indeed!.
Note: Best time for autumn maple viewing in Nagano, is between September – October.
Since I didn’t have my fill with autumn viewing yet, the next day, we strolled around other parks and…schools for shots.
Have YOU taken a look outside yet?