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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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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/31

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/31
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/31

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Oct 31, 2020 Sat. Nov 14, 2020 US $5698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 30, 2021 Sat. Nov 13, 2021 US $5698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/6

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/6
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/6

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Central Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Oct 6, 2020 Wed. Oct 21, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Oct 6, 2021 Thu. Oct 21, 2021 US $5798.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 
2020 - 11/7

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

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 / Nara / Osaka
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

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 / Nara / Osaka
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Nov 7, 2020 Sun. Nov 22, 2020 US $5798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 6, 2021 Sun. Nov 21, 2021 US $5798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

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

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

Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18
Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.
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Mon. Sep 21, 2020 Thu. Oct 1, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Wed. Oct 28, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 19, 2021 Wed. Sep 29, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Wed. Oct 27, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Splendours of Japan Tour Autumn - 2020 - 10/12

Group Tour | Walking          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Walking    Book Now & Save $100

Splendours of Japan Tour Autumn - 2020 - 10/12
Splendours of Japan Tour Autumn - 2020 - 10/12

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Takayama / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Nara / Tokyo
Our Splendours of Japan Tour will explore deeper into Japan by traveling through the country on public transportation.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Takayama / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Nara / Tokyo
Our Splendours of Japan Tour will explore deeper into Japan by traveling through the country on public transportation.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 12, 2020 Sun. Oct 25, 2020 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Walking Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Sun. Oct 24, 2021 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Walking Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16

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

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

Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/16

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.
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Mon. Nov 18, 2019 Thu. Nov 28, 2019 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 16, 2020 Thu. Nov 26, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Wed. Nov 24, 2021 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Japan and Indochina Tour Autumn: 2020 - 
10/26

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $6698.00

Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo), Vietnam (Hanoi / Ha Long Bay / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City), Cambodia (Siem Reap), Laos (Luang Prabang)
On this multinational Asian tour, discover a deeper understanding while exploring a diverse range of culture in this fascinating tour through Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $6698.00

Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo), Vietnam (Hanoi / Ha Long Bay / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City), Cambodia (Siem Reap), Laos (Luang Prabang)
On this multinational Asian tour, discover a deeper understanding while exploring a diverse range of culture in this fascinating tour through Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 26, 2020 Sun. Nov 15, 2020 US $6698.00 Osaka Luang Prabang Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 25, 2021 Sun. Nov 14, 2021 US $6698.00 Osaka Luang Prabang Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18
Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

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$8,298 per person.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

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$8,298 per person.
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Mon. Sep 21, 2020 Sun. Oct 4, 2020 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Sat. Oct 31, 2020 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 19, 2021 Sat. Oct 2, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Sat. Oct 30, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn 
Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 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 2020 - 9/30
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves 2020 - 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.
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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 2020 - 11/7

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7
Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/7

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 / 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 / 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.
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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  
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