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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.

Budget Group Tours

Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
51 reviews
51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

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 $3398.00

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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Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
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54 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

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

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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 13, 2022 Sun. Nov 20, 2022 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Sat. Nov 26, 2022 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 12, 2023 Sun. Nov 19, 2023 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Sat. Nov 25, 2023 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
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Fri. Nov 4, 2022 Sat. Nov 12, 2022 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Fri. Nov 3, 2023 Sat. Nov 11, 2023 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3598.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with 
Koyasan

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Koyasan
Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Koyasan

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Nagasaki / 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 $3598.00

Nagasaki / 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 17, 2022 Tue. Oct 25, 2022 US $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 16, 2023 Tue. Oct 24, 2023 US $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Thu. Oct 13, 2022 Fri. Oct 21, 2022 US $3598.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 13, 2023 Sat. Oct 21, 2023 US $3598.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3598.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido &Tohoku...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Sat. Nov 5, 2022 Sun. Nov 13, 2022 US $3598.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sat. Nov 4, 2023 Sun. Nov 12, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Sapporo Autumn Fest

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Sapporo Autumn Fest
Charms of Hokkaido: Sapporo Autumn Fest
12 reviews
12 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo
Experience the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest, paired with the breathtaking nature and enchanting culture on a 9-day tour around the northern island.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo
Experience the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest, paired with the breathtaking nature and enchanting culture on a 9-day tour around the northern island.
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Sun. Sep 18, 2022 Mon. Sep 26, 2022 US $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Sep 17, 2023 Mon. Sep 25, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Mon. Sep 23, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Tohoku Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Tohoku Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art
Charms of Tohoku Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko
Discover the natural wonders and cultural rarities of the Tohoku region, including fascinating rice paddy art, a day in the life of a mountain monk, a cruise around Matsushima Bay, Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, and much more!

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko
Discover the natural wonders and cultural rarities of the Tohoku region, including fascinating rice paddy art, a day in the life of a mountain monk, a cruise around Matsushima Bay, Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, and much more!
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Sun. Sep 11, 2022 Mon. Sep 19, 2022 US $3598.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Sep 10, 2023 Mon. Sep 18, 2023 US $3598.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 8, 2024 Mon. Sep 16, 2024 US $3598.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run
Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run
12 reviews
12 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Shari / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and enjoy the changing fall foliage as you discover the unique cultural charms of Hokkaido.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Shari / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and enjoy the changing fall foliage as you discover the unique cultural charms of Hokkaido.
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Sun. Oct 2, 2022 Mon. Oct 10, 2022 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Mon. Oct 23, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Group Tour | Active    Book Now & Save $100

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3650.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3650.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
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.
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Wed. Oct 19, 2022 Thu. Oct 27, 2022 US $3650.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Wed. Nov 9, 2022 Thu. Nov 17, 2022 US $3650.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
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