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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 allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 
2020 - 10/31, 11/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21
70 reviews
70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Oct 31, 2020 Tue. Nov 10, 2020 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2020 Tue. Dec 1, 2020 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 30, 2021 Tue. Nov 9, 2021 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 20, 2021 Tue. Nov 30, 2021 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/19

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/19
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/19

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4198.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4198.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 19, 2020 Sun. Nov 1, 2020 US $4198.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 18, 2021 Sun. Oct 31, 2021 US $4198.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 
11/23

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/23
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/23

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4298.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4298.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 23, 2020 Sun. Dec 6, 2020 US $4298.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 22, 2021 Sun. Dec 5, 2021 US $4298.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18

Group Tour | Walking          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Walking    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto Tour Autumn 2020 - 10/18

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Kyoto / Nara / Hakone / Tokyo
Visit Japan's most popular sites, travel like the locals on public transportation while still having some downtime.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Kyoto / Nara / Hakone / Tokyo
Visit Japan's most popular sites, travel like the locals on public transportation while still having some downtime.
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Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Tue. Oct 27, 2020 US $4298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Walking Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Tue. Oct 26, 2021 US $4298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Walking Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21
70 reviews
70 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Katsuragi / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Katsuragi / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.
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Sat. Oct 31, 2020 Thu. Nov 12, 2020 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2020 Thu. Dec 3, 2020 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 30, 2021 Thu. Nov 11, 2021 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 20, 2021 Thu. Dec 2, 2021 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Japan and Vietnam Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/26

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Japan and Vietnam Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/26
Highlights of Japan and Vietnam Tour Autumn: 2020 - 10/26

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $4998.00

Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo), Vietnam (Hanoi / Ha Long Bay / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City)
On this Japan and Vietnam tour, travelers are sure to delight in the unique juxtaposition of these strangely similar, yet starkly contrasting cultural heritages.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $4998.00

Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo), Vietnam (Hanoi / Ha Long Bay / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City)
On this Japan and Vietnam tour, travelers are sure to delight in the unique juxtaposition of these strangely similar, yet starkly contrasting cultural heritages.
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Mon. Oct 26, 2020 Tue. Nov 10, 2020 US $4998.00 Osaka Ho Chi Minh City Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 25, 2021 Tue. Nov 9, 2021 US $4998.00 Osaka Ho Chi Minh City Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan 
2020 - 10/19

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan 2020 - 10/19
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan 2020 - 10/19
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26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5098.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5098.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 19, 2020 Sun. Nov 1, 2020 US $5098.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 18, 2021 Sun. Oct 31, 2021 US $5098.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 
2020 - 11/15

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/15
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/15
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu in the autumn leaves season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu in the autumn leaves season.
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Sun. Nov 15, 2020 Sat. Nov 28, 2020 US $5198.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Sat. Nov 27, 2021 US $5198.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 9/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 9/30
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 9/30
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5298.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5298.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Wed. Sep 30, 2020 Tue. Oct 13, 2020 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Sep 30, 2021 Wed. Oct 13, 2021 US $5298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2020 - 10/18

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $300

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $300

Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2020 - 10/18
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2020 - 10/18

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Sun. Nov 1, 2020 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Sun. Oct 31, 2021 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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