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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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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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 (Limit to 13 guests)

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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Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn 
Leaves

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Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn Leaves
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn Leaves

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
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Wed. Oct 19, 2022 Tue. Nov 1, 2022 US $5300.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Wed. Nov 2, 2022 Tue. Nov 15, 2022 US $5300.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5330.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5330.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.
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Mon. Sep 19, 2022 Mon. Oct 3, 2022 US $5330.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5330.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5330.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.
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Sat. Oct 22, 2022 Sat. Nov 5, 2022 US $5330.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Osaka Active Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.
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Mon. Oct 17, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 16, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art
Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!
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Sun. Sep 11, 2022 Sat. Sep 24, 2022 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Sep 10, 2023 Sat. Sep 23, 2023 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 8, 2024 Sat. Sep 21, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sun. Nov 13, 2022 Sat. Nov 26, 2022 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 12, 2023 Sat. Nov 25, 2023 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Fri. Sep 30, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 30, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $300

Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Sun. Oct 16, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Shikabecho / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.
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Sun. Sep 18, 2022 Sun. Oct 2, 2022 US $5798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $5798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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