Japan’s autumn foliage: A guide to catching the world’s prettiest colours

With Japan's 16,000 mountains and manicured temple grounds, the country offers probably the world’s most astounding autumn foliage. PHOTO: JOHN TAN
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JAPAN – The temple groundskeeper greets me with a gentle bow and deftly continues to sweep the fallen autumn leaves. The carpet of red and yellow leaves stretching ahead of me is a magical sight.

Since late September, I have been chasing colours. I start in the far north of Hokkaido, but climate change beats me to it. La Nina’s cold front rolls in and Japan’s first snow is excitedly announced.  

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