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Kyoto’s Arashiyama? From Tokyo it takes about 90 minutes.
Hike with the changing leaves of Ranzan Valley instead!



My name is EKK, a tourist office staff member whose hobby is taking pictures.        EKK


Today, I will be introducing the autumn leaves in Ranzan Valley.


You can see the beautiful autumn colors and valley scenery at Ranzan Valley, and since it resembles Kyoto’s famous Arashiyama, it was named the “Arashiyama of Musashi country” in 1928. Arashiyama and Ranzan are even written the same way in Japanese .From that time on, many tourists come during the autumn season.

The day that I visited was also crowded with many people ready to have fun hiking.




The autumn season is generally from the end of November to the beginning of December.

The leaves turned red early this year (2017), so the best time to see it was in the middle of November.


First, I passed by a place to barbeque at the valley entrance, then continued walking along the river.

You can cross over the stepping stones, but it is closed off when the river is high.


 The scenery from these stepping stones is also the best.


If you continue on, there’s a bridge where many people stop to take pictures.




If you continue walking on the viewing platform, you can see a beautiful promenade of Japanese Maple Trees.

I recommend viewing the valley from this viewing platform.




It only takes about 2 to 3 hours, so it is highly recommended to enjoy this leisurely hike while taking pictures and slowly admiring the autumn scenery.

Please take a day trip away from Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s autumn season.




               Ranzan Valley

Address 2627,Kamagata,Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun,Saitama
Map Google map
Official site




From Ikebukuro Station, take the Tobu Tojo Line towards Ogawa.

It will take about 1 hour to get to Musashi-Ranzan Station.

From the station, you can either ride the bus for 20 minutes or walk for 40 minutes.

I recommend walking if you want to enjoy Japan’s suburb scenery.

You can find the walking route in the Google Maps link below.


You can also return by bus.

Bus schedule: (Station~Kyuyouchi Iriguchi Bus Stop (Ranzan Valley)) Towards Seseraki Bus Stop (Weekday) (Weekend and National Holiday)



Bus schedule: (Kyuyouchi Iriguchi Bus Stop (Ranzan Valley)~Station) Towards Musashi-Ranzan West Exit.

When getting on the bus, if you tell the driver your destination, you can definitely get off at the right bus stop. (Weekday) (Weekend and National Holiday