Mt. Takao is my next coverage for autumn leaves in Japan. Mt. Takao is only about hour away from Tokyo by train. You can get there by using either the JR Chuo rapid line or the Keio Line from Shinjuku station and fastest route is dependent on your time of departure.
At the bottom of Mt. Takao, there were plenty of Japanese of beautiful red Japanese maple known as momiji to be seen. I actually bought some of food from Dean & Deluca at Shinjuku station to be eaten at the top of the mountain.
Due to being a bright and sunny Sunday after a Saturday of heavy rain, the area was packed with tourists. It took my friends and I 1 hour just to wait in the line in order to get on the cable car to reach the top.
When we reached the top there were less autumn leaves to be seen though but there was a temple for cultural and spiritual purposes.
My style for today was sporty Flash.
If you are looking forward to see just autumn leaves, I suggest to just visit the bottom of Mt. Takao where there are plenty of Japanese maples tree unless you are looking for more culture. During a peak season such as this, the cable car to the top can be such a hassle. You can also hike up to the top taking an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes while hiking down takes about 40 minutes.