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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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Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

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 $4498.00

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.
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Mon. Nov 21, 2022 Sun. Dec 4, 2022 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 20, 2023 Sun. Dec 3, 2023 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 18, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
73 reviews
73 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Tue. Nov 29, 2022 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Tue. Nov 28, 2023 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Tue. Oct 4, 2022 Sat. Oct 15, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 16, 2022 Thu. Oct 27, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Sun. Oct 30, 2022 Thu. Nov 10, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Nov 3, 2022 Mon. Nov 14, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 6, 2022 Thu. Nov 17, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Walking Tour: In the Shadow of Mountains - 
Autumn

Group Tour | Classic          

Group Tour | Classic    

Japan Walking Tour: In the Shadow of Mountains - Autumn
Japan Walking Tour: In the Shadow of Mountains - Autumn

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4900.00

Kyoto / Kurashiki / Kojima / Yunotsu Onsen / Iwami Ginzan / Tsuwano / Hagi / Miyajima Island / Tomonoura / Osaka
A small-group guided cultural tour exploring two sides of western Japan - the Japan Sea Coast and the Inland Sea.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4900.00

Kyoto / Kurashiki / Kojima / Yunotsu Onsen / Iwami Ginzan / Tsuwano / Hagi / Miyajima Island / Tomonoura / Osaka
A small-group guided cultural tour exploring two sides of western Japan - the Japan Sea Coast and the Inland Sea.
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour
70 reviews
70 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / 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 $5098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / 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 29, 2022 Thu. Nov 10, 2022 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 28, 2023 Thu. Nov 9, 2023 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Thu. Nov 7, 2024 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tohoku Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Classic          

Group Tour | Classic    

Tohoku Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Tohoku Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5100.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Oze / Dewa Sanzan / Kakunodate / Nyuto Onsen / Tono / Tokyo
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour exploring mountains in Tohoku with 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours per day.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5100.00

Tokyo / Nikko / Oze / Dewa Sanzan / Kakunodate / Nyuto Onsen / Tono / Tokyo
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour exploring mountains in Tohoku with 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours per day.
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
73 reviews
73 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Thu. Dec 1, 2022 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Thu. Nov 30, 2023 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Food Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Food Tour: Autumn
Japan Food Tour: Autumn

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5200.00

Tokyo / Kanazawa / Gokayama / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Hida Furukawa / Osaka / Awaji Island / Kyoto / Uji
A small-group guided food tour through Japan's best- kept culinary traditions.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5200.00

Tokyo / Kanazawa / Gokayama / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Hida Furukawa / Osaka / Awaji Island / Kyoto / Uji
A small-group guided food tour through Japan's best- kept culinary traditions.
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Fri. Sep 23, 2022 Mon. Oct 3, 2022 US $5200.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Classic          

Group Tour | Classic    

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.
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