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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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Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
11 reviews
11 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

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 $3498.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

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 $3498.00

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, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food - Autumn

Group Tour | Budget          Book Now & Save $50

Group Tour | Budget    Book Now & Save $50

Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food - Autumn
Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food - Autumn

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Nagoya / Iga Ueno / Kyoto / Osaka
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Budget Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with 
Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
35 reviews
35 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Sep 28, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Wed. Oct 1, 2025 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Sun. Oct 12, 2025 US $3598.00 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 $3698.00

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 $3698.00

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 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 7, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka 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
22 reviews
22 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / 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 $3698.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / 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 15, 2024 Mon. Sep 23, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Sep 28, 2025 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Mon. Sep 28, 2026 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Mon. Oct 27, 2025 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Mon. Oct 26, 2026 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro 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
11 reviews
11 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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 $3798.00

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 14, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $3798.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $3798.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $3798.00 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
10 reviews
10 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 13, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 13, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / 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 $3798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / 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 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sun. Nov 9, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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