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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 are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn 
Festival & Autumn Leaves 2019 - 9/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves 2019 - 9/30
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves 2019 - 9/30

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Exploring Japan's four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Exploring Japan's four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 30, 2019 Mon. Oct 21, 2019 US $8198.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2020 Wed. Oct 21, 2020 US $8198.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Sep 30, 2021 Thu. Oct 21, 2021 US $8198.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 11/2

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 11/2
Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 11/2

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus colorful leaves in autumn.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus colorful leaves in autumn.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Nov 2, 2019 Sat. Nov 23, 2019 US $8198.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2020 Sat. Nov 28, 2020 US $8198.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 6, 2021 Sat. Nov 27, 2021 US $8198.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan - Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 
10/27, 11/18

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan - Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 10/27, 11/18
Signature: Classic Japan - Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 10/27, 11/18

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$8,598 per person.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$8,598 per person.
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Sun. Oct 27, 2019 Sat. Nov 9, 2019 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 18, 2019 Sun. Dec 1, 2019 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 16, 2020 Sun. Nov 29, 2020 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Sat. Nov 27, 2021 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Luxury Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/22, 10/20

Group Tour | Ultra-Deluxe          

Group Tour | Ultra-Deluxe    

Japan Luxury Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/22, 10/20
Japan Luxury Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/22, 10/20

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $14998.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Katsunuma / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
This Japan luxury autumn tour is perfect for travelers looking to experience the best of Japan while staying in the most luxurious accommodations.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $14998.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Katsunuma / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
This Japan luxury autumn tour is perfect for travelers looking to experience the best of Japan while staying in the most luxurious accommodations.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Sep 22, 2019 Tue. Oct 1, 2019 US $14998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Ultra-Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 20, 2019 Tue. Oct 29, 2019 US $14998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Ultra-Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 11, 2020 Tue. Oct 20, 2020 US $14998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Ultra-Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Luxury Tour: Autumn Leaves 2019 - 11/10

Group Tour | Ultra-Deluxe          

Group Tour | Ultra-Deluxe    

Japan Luxury Tour: Autumn Leaves 2019 - 11/10
Japan Luxury Tour: Autumn Leaves 2019 - 11/10

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $15998.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Katsunuma / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
This luxury Japan autumn leaves tour is perfect for travelers looking to experience the best of Japan while staying in the most luxurious accommodations.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $15998.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Katsunuma / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
This luxury Japan autumn leaves tour is perfect for travelers looking to experience the best of Japan while staying in the most luxurious accommodations.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Nov 10, 2019 Tue. Nov 19, 2019 US $15998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Ultra-Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 8, 2020 Tue. Nov 17, 2020 US $15998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Ultra-Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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