紅葉 (Kōyō) is when the leaves start to change before falling off in winter. Some of the trees turn beautiful shades of brown, orange, red, etc. This is almost as big a deal in Japan as 桜 (Sakura) when the cheery blossoms bloom. Its just the fall version of it.
I went to 京都 (Kyōto) for this and it was an incredible trip. It was my first time riding 新幹線 (Shinkansen), the bullet train. Its a “thing” to get 駅弁 (Ekiben) (train station bentō) before getting on the train. It was definitely a fun experience.
Kyōto is the old capital of Japan and its a vert different place than 東京 (Tōkyō). Its hard to describe, but maybe I can say its more “preserved.” There is a lot more emphasis on temples and shrines and parks and older stuff than in Tokyo.
But the star of the show was the Kōyō. The changing colors were so beautiful and the night displays were my favorite. Take a look at the photos below.
Also, I thought it was funny that for night displays of Sakura, there is a special name for it: 夜桜 (Yozakura). It basically just means night sakura. But for Kōyō, its just called ライトアップ (Laito Appu) or just saying Light Up in Japanese English. 🤷♂️