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Japan Autumn Tours

See the gradient of Autumn colors from Hokkaido to Kyushu.
Experience the Takayama Autumn Festival and the must-see spots all across Japan.

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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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Japan in Autumn

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.

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Japan in Autumn

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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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTM0132894

The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.

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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 25, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 10, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 24, 2025 Sun. Nov 30, 2025 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 30, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTI3845684

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo

    1 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3105.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

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Sun. Sep 22, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Fri. Oct 4, 2024 Fri. Oct 11, 2024 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Sep 24, 2025 Wed. Oct 1, 2025 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 3, 2025 Fri. Oct 10, 2025 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 17, 2025 Fri. Oct 24, 2025 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTJ3851939

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo

    1 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3105.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

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Wed. Nov 13, 2024 Wed. Nov 20, 2024 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Sat. Nov 8, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTI2269592

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) arrow readmore icon

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3298.00

Experience both modern and traditional culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Shirakawa-go, Takayama & Kanazawa.

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Mon. Sep 9, 2024 Mon. Sep 16, 2024 US $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTT3026624

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    38 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3298.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

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Sat. Sep 14, 2024 Sat. Sep 21, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 12, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Sat. Sep 13, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sat. Sep 27, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 18, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 5, 2026 Sat. Sep 12, 2026 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 19, 2026 Sat. Sep 26, 2026 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 3, 2026 Sat. Oct 10, 2026 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 17, 2026 Sat. Oct 24, 2026 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTQ53137

The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    135 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3298.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Mon. Sep 8, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Sun. Sep 14, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 21, 2025 Sun. Sep 28, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Sun. Oct 12, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTO5032276

The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    135 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3298.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.

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Sun. Sep 14, 2025 Sun. Sep 21, 2025 US $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Sun. Oct 5, 2025 US $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 12, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTS3581111

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. Sep 25, 2024 Thu. Oct 3, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Oct 16, 2024 Thu. Oct 24, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Sat. Nov 9, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Fri. Sep 5, 2025 Sat. Sep 13, 2025 US $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Thu. Oct 23, 2025 US $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Mon. Nov 17, 2025 US $3710.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTJ3925073

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTR4178220

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    38 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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