The changing colors of autumn in Japan are a real feast for the eyes, specially amid the old and weathered settings of its mountain temples. Every November to early December the Japanese go on momijigari, autumn color hunting, and some temples that are inaccessible for the rest of the year hold special openings at this time. Many temples, shrines and parks also hold special evening illuminations, which are truly magical sights. Feast your eyes and restore your spirit with relaxing walks through sighing maple groves, then relax your muscles in an onsen hot spring bath, and indulge your shoukuyoku no aki, autumn appetite, on seasonal fruits and seafood.