One of my favourite local places to bring visitors during Autumn with young children is Kitain Temple in Kawagoe (Saitama). There are some truly beautiful scenes to be captured around the temple and in the period house on the grounds. Unfortunately, my photos were only taken with a camera phone, but they will give you a taste of what is on offer.
There is a small playground on the temple grounds and lots of places for the children to explore. There is also rest areas, a toilet, vending machines, a little restaurant and a small shop. To the best of my knowledge none of the toilets have nappy changing facilities, but nobody has ever taken exception to me changing babies on a bench or in their buggy! Visitors from home always enjoy a trip to Kitain, particularly when the leaves have changed colour in the first or second week of November.
Kitain Temple is less than an hour from Tokyo. It is a 20 minute walk from Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or 15 minutes from the Seibu Shinjuku Line HonKawagoe Station. You can also get a local bus from either of these stations. By car it is 20 minutes from either the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway or from the Kawajima Interchange of the Metropolitan Intercity (Ken-O) Expressway. Parking is available at 500 yen for the day. Car park closes at 16.00.
Address : 1-20-1 Kosemba-machi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. 350-0036
Hours : 9:00 – 16:00
There are some spectacular Autumn Leave photos on their website; http://www.kawagoe.com/kitain/information/annual-events/1201.html
More on Kitain on this blog: