Take a stroll through autumn tradition | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Atami Station [Atami Baien Momiji Matsuri (Autumn Leaves Festival)]

  • Mishima Station [Izu Fruit Park]

    (from January)

  • Toyohashi Station [Miya Matsuri]

  • Mishima Station
    [Mishima City Park Rakujuen Kiku Matsuri]

Autumn is a great season to travel. Whether it be delicious food, fun events, or autumn foliage, whatever you experience, it is sure to be highly rewarding. In particular, harvest festivals are held here and there along the Tokaido to celebrate the gathering of autumn blessings like rice, vegetables and fruit, and "daimyo gyoretsu" processions can be seen along the old roads. Once the festivals are over, the mountains start to change color and prepare themselves for winter. It is not too much to say that, by traveling along the Tokaido, you will be able to experience all that's best about Japan.

  • Shizuoka Station [Sakura Shrimp]

  • Toyohashi Station [Jiro Persimmons]

Tokaido: Lip-smacking autumn delicacies!

Autumn is the season of good appetites. Be sure to try the autumn fruit picking, through which you will be able to enjoy freshly picked grapes, persimmons and tangerines, right there on the spot. Seasonal foods are not only delicious but also highly nutritious, and will put a smile on everyone's face. Along with seasonal blessings from mountain and sea, you can try local specialties like brand beef and softshell turtles. Why not take a journey through a culinary treasure trove rich in autumn delicacies ranging from fruits of the season's first harvest to local specialties?

Odawara Station [Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu]

Here a harvest festival, there a procession: Autumn festivals are go!

The main festivals in autumn are harvest festivals held to celebrate a plentiful crop. Generally, harvest festivals are held at regional shrines to thank the god of the fields for a good harvest. Another important kind of festival along the Tokaido is the daimyo gyoretsu, or lord's procession. Marchers raise the traditional cry of "Shitanii, shitanii" as they walk by. Processions of local heroes like Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa, as depicted in contemporary fuzoku emaki picture scrolls, can be seen in various regions. Don't miss this rare opportunity to slip back in time to the Edo period.

Nagoya Station [Korankei Gorge]

Add a touch of color to your trip with the essential autumn treat that is "momiji-gari"!

The most popular excursion in autumn has to be momiji-gari, or going to see autumn foliage. Leaves glittering red, yellow and orange, a scarlet-tinged carpet, a river surface carrying little maple leaf rafts and fantastical illuminated nightscapes can all become part of a beautiful memory that you will never forget. Take a stroll through nature turning scarlet and let the high sky and clear air refresh your spirits.

* Depending on the weather, natural conditions etc., it may not be possible to see views like the ones in the photos / articles above. Viewing periods and event schedules may also vary.

updated on Oct 23, 2015