September was the hottest in 110 years in Japan but October is a nice treat with the start of fall. While Tokyo has 20 million people and Yokohama has 10 million, the cities are full of ginkgo-lined streets and maple tree-lined parks. Followers of autumn chase the colors from Hokkaido to northern parts such as Nikko and the alps around Nagano down to Mount Fuji and Hakone.
Last weekend I went to Nikko, a World Heritage site that was not bombed during WWII. The colors were said to be late but I managed to take a nice hike around Lake Chuzenji to Ryuzu Falls.
Tomorrow I hope to explore Nagano.