Time to leave the city behind and go on search of the autumn colour in the northeast province of Japan: Hokkaido.
It takes just over 4 hours to overcome the 860km (thanks to the Shinkansen, the famous bullet train) that separates the Japanese capital from Hokkaido province, which is the least densely populated region is Japan, being famous for the almost untouched natures and by the cold climate, influence by proximity with Russia, receiving from it the Siberian cold.
Here winter comes early, and even in the low areas the trees are already covered with fall foliage, with the landscape dominated by the brown colours of the beech, the yellows of the ginkos, the oranges from the cherry trees, and here and there the deep red of the maples tree leafs.
Despite the cold, where the temperature the mornings in October is around 10 degrees, the beauty of the landscape makes forget the cold hands and the drop on the nose!!
The Hokkaido region is famous for its many natural parks and onsen, the famous hot springs that are all over Japan. Noboribetsu was the region of choice for ease of access and Onuma Quasi National Park, which is very close to Hakodate, easily accessible by train.
For more details about the foliage for each area of Japan check this website: //www.jrailpass.com/blog/japan-autumn-leaves-forecast