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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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Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

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

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

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 $4420.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Nov 14, 2024 Mon. Nov 25, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Nov 19, 2024 Sat. Nov 30, 2024 US $4420.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps 
(Reverse)

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps (Reverse)
Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps (Reverse)
114 reviews
114 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn 
Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn Tour
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn Tour
38 reviews
38 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

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

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 12, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Tue. Sep 16, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Tue. Sep 30, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Tue. Oct 14, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 18, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 5, 2026 Tue. Sep 15, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 19, 2026 Tue. Sep 29, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 3, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 17, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4498.00

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4498.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 21, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 20, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 
Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 Osaka
111 reviews
111 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 21, 2025 Wed. Oct 1, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Walking Tour: In the Shadow of Mountains - 
Autumn

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

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

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4560.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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 $4560.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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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Mon. Sep 23, 2024 Fri. Oct 4, 2024 US $4560.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Osaka Active Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour
114 reviews
114 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Tue. Nov 5, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Tue. Nov 11, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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 $4598.00

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 $4598.00

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 18, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 17, 2025 Sun. Nov 30, 2025 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 23, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $4598.00 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
114 reviews
114 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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 $4598.00

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 16, 2024 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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