I went to Japan with my travel and diving buddy, Riena on second week of December. About 6 hours before our departure there was a strong earthquake in Sendai. A bit worry, but my colleague in Tokyo said they were okay in Tokyo and no need to be panic. So I turn off CNN and the trip was on!
We were late for the Koyo season tho, especially in Kyoto and Takayama. It was snowing in Kyoto and heavy snow in Takayama. Still the color at the end of the fall were beautiful!