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Japan Autumn Tours

See the gradient of Autumn colors from Hokkaido to Kyushu.
Experience the Takayama Autumn Festival and the must-see spots all across Japan.

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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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Japan in Autumn

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.

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Japan in Autumn

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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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTM4153804

Best of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    131 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4298.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Sun. Nov 17, 2024 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Nov 12, 2025 Fri. Nov 21, 2025 US $4798.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 16, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 1, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Nov 11, 2026 Fri. Nov 20, 2026 US $4798.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 16, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 22, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTQ2316422

Best of Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    131 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4298.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 22, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 7, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 21, 2025 Sun. Nov 30, 2025 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 27, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTA3639421

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4420.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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. Sep 10, 2024 Sat. Sep 21, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Sep 24, 2024 Sat. Oct 5, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 1, 2024 Sat. Oct 12, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 9, 2024 Sun. Oct 20, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Sat. Oct 26, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 22, 2024 Sat. Nov 2, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Sep 9, 2025 Sat. Sep 20, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Sep 18, 2025 Mon. Sep 29, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Sep 30, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 7, 2025 Sat. Oct 18, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 14, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 21, 2025 Sat. Nov 1, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD364113

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4420.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Tue. Nov 12, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. Nov 14, 2024 Mon. Nov 25, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Tue. Nov 19, 2024 Sat. Nov 30, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. Nov 6, 2025 Mon. Nov 17, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Thu. Nov 13, 2025 Mon. Nov 24, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Tue. Nov 18, 2025 Sat. Nov 29, 2025 US $4785.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTT5342995

Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    131 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 21, 2025 Wed. Oct 1, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL2275526

Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps (Reverse) arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    131 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Fri. Sep 6, 2024 Mon. Sep 16, 2024 US $4498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTX2879404

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn arrow readmore icon

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.

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Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTN3035553

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    38 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

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.

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Sat. Sep 14, 2024 Tue. Sep 24, 2024 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 12, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Tue. Sep 16, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Tue. Sep 30, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Tue. Oct 14, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 18, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 5, 2026 Tue. Sep 15, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Sep 19, 2026 Tue. Sep 29, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 3, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 17, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTM3919091

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn arrow readmore icon

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)


13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4498.00

Autumn is an excellent time to visit Taiwan and Japan on a multi-country tour. The natural splendor, fascinating cultures, delicious local cuisine and impressive historic marvels of these two islands await on this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 21, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 20, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD4161484

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    38 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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