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10/01/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why This Island In Japan Is The Best Place To See The Leaves Change

Armed with our fall foliage predictor and current list of favorite places to see the leaves change, we're adding Hokkaido, Japan to our leaf-peeping bucket list!

You might've heard of Hokkaido because of the beautiful Sapporo Snow Festival and its gorgeous flower fields. But we suggest visiting as the weather transitions from warmer to cooler, specifically at the end of September and beginning of October.

Watch as you go from the beautiful flower fields of summer...

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...to this AWESOME autumn explosion of colors!

hokkaido autumn

hokkaido autumn

hokkaido autumn

You can take a virtual tour of autumn in Hokkaido, or check out Daisetsuzan National Park, Shiretoko National Park, Noboribetsu's valley, or Onuma Park -- supposedly the four best places to watch the leaves change in Hokkaido.

This handy calendar lets you know when the leaves start changing and it's time for leaf-peeping season.

hokkaido autumn

hokkaido autumn

hokkaido autumn

hokkaido autumn

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