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A couple walking over the momiji at Ryōan-ji in Kyoto.

Momijigari (紅葉狩り) is the Japanese tradition of visiting areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. The word comes from the two Japanese words momiji (紅葉) meaning "red leaves" or "maple tree" and kari (狩り), "hunting". It is also called kōyō (紅葉).[1][2] "Kōyō" is another pronunciation of the characters for "momiji". In Hokkaidō another word for it is kanpūkai (観楓会).[3][4]

Many Japanese people take part in this. The cities of Nikkō, Tochigi and Kyoto are particularly famous destinations. The tradition is said to have originated in the Heian era.

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  1. "kouyou".
  2. Autumn leaves (koyo) in Japan at
  3. "kanpuukai".
  4. Sapporo Year-Round: Attractions and Events in Four Seasons at the official Sapporo Sightseeing Guide.

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