Momiji Finally Changing Colors!
Temperatures are finally beginning to drop in the Kansai region. What does that mean? It means you can prepare a momiji trip because Japanese maple leaves will soon be red in many areas around the region.
Trees in mountain areas started changing last week, while trees in lower elevations are still green because temperatures have not been cold enough to cause a change. Because temperatures have dropped the past few days, trees all around the region will begin changing colors from now on. Trees in mountain regions will be red in some places this weekend, but colors will still be in a between stage.
Next weekend will most likely be the perfect time to view maple leaves still on the trees in bright reds and yellows and greens. Wait one more week and the leaves will begin falling.
Based on weather last year, which was similar to this year, the last weekend before December was the best time to view Japanese maples. The first weekend of December was also a good time to view maple leaves, but by that time most of the leaves had already fallen. Only a few trees on the first weekend of December still had leaves on them. Still, it was beautiful!