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Autumn in Japan

What does autumn in Japan mean? Autumn in Japan is the season of harvest and spectacular autumn leaves. Experience beautiful scenery, comfortable temperatures, and charming festivals when you visit Japan in autumn.

The autumn season in Japan is distinguished by its cool, pleasant temperatures and its striking scenery of reds and golds. It is also the time of harvest, where rice is cut, baled, and distributed. Additionally, many autumn festivals take place in celebration of harvest time, autumn foliage (koyo), and historic occasions. Experience an unforgettable vacation to Japan in autumn, the most comfortable season of Japan.

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Visiting Japan in September
Visiting Japan in September means less crowds and mostly clear skies. There are still occasional hot and humid days during September, but the leaves begin to change its color in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. From late September to October, the transition to autumn season begins in Hokkaido and Tohoku, where autumn leaves are first seen. The changing autumn colors then make its way southward to other parts of Japan.

Visiting Japan in October
During October, the colorful autumn foliage makes its appearance in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and the Japanese Alps areas (Nagano, Takayama, Shirakawago). October is noted as one of the most pleasant times to visit Japan. Travelers can experience the beautiful Takayama Autumn Festival on October 9th to 10th, and remark the eye-catching kochia scoparia plant at Hitachi Seaside Park from mid to late October.

Visiting Japan in November
If you wish to see the peak of autumn leaves on the mainland of Japan, visiting Japan in November is your best bet. From November to early December, autumn foliage can be seen in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shikoku, Hiroshima, and Kyushu. November is regarded as the best time to visit Japan. The weather is mild and cool, traveling tends to be quieter, and spectacular autumn colors can be seen at the must-see sites of Japan.

Japan Autumn Tours

Travelers on our Japan Autumn Tours can expect comfortable weather and striking autumn scenery. Enjoy the season of harvest, where many autumn festivals are held throughout Japan to give thanks or to honor their shrine's deity. Autumn in Japan is renowned for its attractive autumn foliage (koyo) found throughout the country. Book a Japan Autumn Tour to enjoy breathtaking scenery, seasonal foods, the Takayama Autumn Festival, autumn flowers, must-see cultural sites, and more.

Gain exclusive access to the best temples, gardens, and cultural landmarks on our Japan Autumn Tours. We have tours available to see world-famous attractions to even the rural parts of Japan.

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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

Japan Walking Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 
9/23, 10/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/23, 10/21
The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/23, 10/21
53 reviews
53 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 22, 2018 Sun. Oct 28, 2018 US $2498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 23, 2019 Sun. Sep 29, 2019 US $2498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 21, 2019 Sun. Oct 27, 2019 US $2498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/1, 9/15, 
9/29, 10/13

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13
The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13
53 reviews
53 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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Sun. Sep 1, 2019 Sat. Sep 7, 2019 US $2498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 15, 2019 Sat. Sep 21, 2019 US $2498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 29, 2019 Sat. Oct 5, 2019 US $2498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2019 Sat. Oct 19, 2019 US $2498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26
53 reviews
53 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 5, 2018 Sun. Nov 11, 2018 US $2698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 26, 2018 Sun. Dec 2, 2018 US $2698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 4, 2019 Sun. Nov 10, 2019 US $2698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 25, 2019 Sun. Dec 1, 2019 US $2698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 
2019 - 9/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/9
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/9
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15 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Experience both modern and traditional culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Shirakawa-go, Takayama & Kanazawa.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Experience both modern and traditional culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Shirakawa-go, Takayama & Kanazawa.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 9, 2019 Mon. Sep 16, 2019 US $2798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 
- 9/3, 9/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/3, 9/30
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2019 - 9/3, 9/30

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2898.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Sep 3, 2019 Tue. Sep 10, 2019 US $2898.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 30, 2019 Mon. Oct 7, 2019 US $2898.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 
11/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/17
Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/17

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.
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Sat. Nov 17, 2018 Sat. Nov 24, 2018 US $2998.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2019 Sat. Nov 23, 2019 US $2998.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 10/6

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 10/6
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2019 - 10/6
15 reviews
15 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival.
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Sun. Oct 6, 2019 Sun. Oct 13, 2019 US $2998.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 -  
10/27, 11/11, 11/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 10/27, 11/11, 11/17
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 10/27, 11/11, 11/17
15 reviews
15 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the beautiful autumn leaves.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the beautiful autumn leaves.
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Sat. Oct 27, 2018 Sat. Nov 3, 2018 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 11, 2018 Sun. Nov 18, 2018 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 17, 2018 Sat. Nov 24, 2018 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 26, 2019 Sat. Nov 2, 2019 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 10, 2019 Sun. Nov 17, 2019 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2019 Sat. Nov 23, 2019 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with 
Koyasan 2019 - 10/14

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Koyasan 2019 - 10/14
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Koyasan 2019 - 10/14

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3198.00

Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3198.00

Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.
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Mon. Oct 14, 2019 Tue. Oct 22, 2019 US $3198.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Mon. Sep 16, 2019 Tue. Sep 24, 2019 US $3298.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2019 Mon. Oct 21, 2019 US $3298.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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