Autumn Reds and Yellows: Japan’s 2019 Foliage ForecastSociety
As fall progresses, the Japan Meteorological Corporation on October 3 released its updated national autumn foliage forecast, stirring excitement for the coming seasonal colors.
The Osaka-based firm predicts red autumn hues like the Japanese maple will appear in early October in northern Hokkaidō and mountainous regions across the country, then gradually spread south and to lower altitudes over the subsequent weeks, reaching most areas by mid-November.
The ginkgo and other trees famed for their yellow foliage are typically found at lower elevations, and are abundant in parks and along roadways. Peak viewing season in most regions is in mid- to late November.
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo: The red brick of the Former Hokkaidō Government Office Building in Sapporo contrasts with the surrounding yellow foliage. Photo taken in autumn 2018. © Maeda Akihiro.)