Nagatoro’s Autunm Leaves
A tourism hot spot just two hours from Tokyo,
where you can enjoy rich nature and spectacular fall foliage!
Every year from November 1st to November 30th, the Fall Foliage Festival takes place in Nagatoro Town, Saitama Prefecture.
Located within two hours of central Tokyo, Nagatoro boasts a vast array of breathtaking mountains and sparkling rivers for visitors to enjoy as soon as they step off the train. In addition to white water river rafting―a must for visitors to the town―the Hodosan Ropeway operating hours are extended during the festival period to provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy both day and night-time scenery, and specific areas are lit up in the evening for a full-day fall foliage experience.
This article aims to provide a short introduction to several activities and events to help visitors get the most out of their visit to Nagatoro.
■ Nagatoro River Boating
While gliding peacefully down the Nagatoro River in traditional, wooden Japanese boats, visitors are treated to a feast of visual splendors in this beloved river rafting activity with a history that spans over 100 years.
The leisurely boat ride takes approximately 20 minutes, during which participants can take their time to fully enjoy the beautiful fall foliage spread out along the banks of both sides of the river. In the afternoon, the spectacle of gorgeous fall foliage reflected on the river’s surface provides a totally different way to enjoy the stunning scenery. The picturesque, calm sections of the river are complemented perfectly by the contrasting river rapids, which offer fast-paced thrills as the boatmen skillfully navigate between the rocks.
There are two courses : mainly fast flow and mainly gently flow
Each has about same distance and time : 3 km, 20-30min.
The whole course : 6 km in total, 50-60min., 3,000yen
Early March through early December 9:00 – 16:00
Closed Stormy weather or swollen river
Access Chichibu Railway, Nagatoro St,1min on foot
“The Best Way of Sightseeing in Nagatoro: “River Boating””
■ Kanaishi Suikankyo (Kanaishi Aqueduct Bridge)
Just a short, 15-minute walk from Nagatoro Station, visitors can find the Kanaishi Suikankyo (Aqueduct Bridge), which can only be crossed by bicycle or on foot.
The bridge offers a completely unobstructed view of the surrounding area, allowing for a 360° panorama of the river and magnificent fall scenery, from above. As an alternative to walking, rental bicycles are available for hire from the Tourist Information Center in front of Nagatoro Station. Whether you’re walking or riding, on the other side of the aqueduct bridge lies a world of adventure, inaccessible by car and untouched by the everyday tourist, with a multitude of remarkable landscapes and sceneries to be enjoyed.
Within 2 hours : 300 yen／Electric bike 600 yen
Within 4 hours : 500 yen／Electric bike 1,000 yen
Within 8 hours : 1,000 yen／Electric bike 2,000 yen
Excess fee 1 hour : 500 yen／Electric bike 1,000 yen
※If you are more than 15minutes late, you will be charged an excess fee.
※Minimum age is 13 years old.
※You need to present your identification card.
(Please do not forget your passport if you are traveling from abroad)
Opening 9:00 – 16:00
Closed New Year’s Holiday and August 15th
Address 529-1 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 369-1305
Access In front of Nagatoro St., Chichibu Railway
“Let’s enjoy autumn in Nagatoro with brightly colored autumn leaves
and a delicious tofu lunch”
■ Light-Up Events at Tsukinoishi Momiji Park
Why not take a stroll through the stunning red and golden tress of Tsuki-no-Ishi Momiji Park? Being able to enjoy the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage up close is certain to leave a vivid and lasting impression with visitors. During the evening, the park is lit up to create a truly magical spectacle.
(Picture) The canopy of rich fall colors harmonizes with a carpet of red, orange, and golden leaves, producing a rare sight that truly encapsulates the atmosphere of fall.
Period November 3rd to November 25th
Opening 16:00 – 21:00
200yen (Charged from junior high school students and above)
Ticket is available at the entrance of event venue or the Tourist
Information Center in front of Nagatoro Sta.
Access 10 minutes on foot from Nagatoro St., Chichibu Railway