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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#: GTB1078104

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the beautiful autumn leaves.

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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 2, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 8, 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  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTC1495448

Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

    8 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Mon. Oct 7, 2024 US $3398.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Mon. Oct 6, 2025 US $3398.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Wed. Oct 7, 2026 US $3398.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTU1534638

Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki

    8 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.

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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG0385617

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

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

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

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, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTP685372

Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food - Autumn arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Nagoya / Iga Ueno / Kyoto / Osaka

    2 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Join a delightful autumn Otaku Tour with AJT, and immerse yourself in Japan's Anime and Otaku Culture, exploring must- see otaku destinations in Tokyo, Hakone, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka.

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Sun. Sep 1, 2024 Tue. Sep 10, 2024 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG4025766

Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja, Samurai & Food - Autumn arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    2 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Join an Otaku Autumn Tour to explore the anime/otaku districts of Tokyo and Osaka, experience local anime culture, and see historic sites that have appeared in anime.

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Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 6, 2026 Tue. Sep 15, 2026 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG5324704

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

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

    38 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Sun. Sep 14, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Wed. Oct 1, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Sep 28, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Sun. Oct 12, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTR3971326

Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run arrow readmore icon

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and experience the island's natural beauties as well as the native culture of the Ainu.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Mon. Oct 27, 2025 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Mon. Oct 26, 2026 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTE3263076

Charms of Hokkaido: Sapporo Autumn Fest arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo

    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

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 15, 2024 Mon. Sep 23, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Sep 28, 2025 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Mon. Sep 28, 2026 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTO2195418

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

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Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 7, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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