VIDEO: On the hunt for autumn near Misawa AB, Japan

Photos by Yoshihito Morita
Photos by Yoshihito Morita

VIDEO: On the hunt for autumn near Misawa AB, Japan

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

It’s already October and the temps are dropping. Days are getting shorter and the crickets are chirping in the evening. The foliage will change to rich orange, red and yellow hues.

The autumn season is upon us and strolling around enjoying the cooler air while taking in the nice view might be on your list.

Aomori Prefecture, home to Misawa Air Base, boasts an excellent vantage point as it is on the northern end of Honshu. Here autumn arrives earlier than any other location on the mainland. And fortunately, the prefecture is blessed with countless nice view attractions!

If you’re in or around Misawa, Ashigezaki Observatory in Hachinohe City and Jogakura Bridge in Aomori City are some of the most desirable autumn leaves-viewing spots.

Getting to Ashigezaki Observatory only requires a 50-minute drive from Misawa AB and it offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding rocky coast and light green hills. This citadel-like stone observatory also has a beautiful promenade and a look at Samekado Lighthouse.

Jogakura Bridge near Kuroishi Town is about a 100-minute drive from Misawa and a must-visit tourist destination especially in the fall. Enjoy a beautiful sunset on the 1,180-foot-long, 400-foot-tall bridge. It is Japan’s largest arch bridge and is very popular for autumn leaf viewing.

Autumn is well on its way, so make plans to welcome the season from any of these great spots near Misawa!


Ashigezaki Observatory

Website (Japanese)

Jogakura Bridge


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