By Meryl J., ALT PA
It is time to fall in love with fall (unoriginal and over-used? Come at me, bro, I am a poet).
Japan might not have Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (I am still very devastated about this) but in all honesty, autumn is one of the best times to be in Japan. I highly recommend checking out some of the delicious fall foods (秋の味覚 - あきのみかく) famous in Gifu:
-Persimmons (柿: かき): A delicious fruit that is famous particularly in Motosu city
-Chestnuts (栗: くり or マロン): There are a variety of chestnut foods, both sweet and savory available at this time. In paricular, Mino city and the Tono region are famous for their kurikinton (栗きんとん), a boiled chestnut sweet.
Some other Japanese fall foods include:
-Matsutake Mushroom (松茸) Soup
-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (焼き芋: やきいも）
-Ginko Nuts (銀杏: ぎんなん）
-Samna Fish (秋刀魚)
Between meals, make sure to plan some trips to see the autumn leaves' colors (紅葉: こうよう or もみじ)and hunt for those red leaves. Kouyou begins in early October and goes through early December. I can promise you, the Instagram pictures are a fabulous excuse to get out and explore Japan. Plus, be real, who doesn't love to frolick in beautiful leaves?
You can download our list of leaf-viewing spots and the best times to head to each city in our seasonal guide found here: