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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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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn 
Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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 $4598.00

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. 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  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 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  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima 
& Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
35 reviews
35 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn

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Group Tour | Active    

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (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 $4930.00 (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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Fri. Sep 6, 2024 Thu. Sep 19, 2024 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Mon. Oct 28, 2024 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Active Save this tour Sold Out
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn 
Leaves

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (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 $4930.00 (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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Tue. Nov 5, 2024 Mon. Nov 18, 2024 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido & Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido & Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest
Hokkaido & Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
Join our Hokkaido and Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest Tour for a delightful 13-day tour exploring the wonders of Hokkaido and Beyond, with a day sampling delicious Hokkaido foods at Sapporo Autumn Fest.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
Join our Hokkaido and Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest Tour for a delightful 13-day tour exploring the wonders of Hokkaido and Beyond, with a day sampling delicious Hokkaido foods at Sapporo Autumn Fest.
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Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Thu. Oct 2, 2025 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Fri. Oct 2, 2026 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run
Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
Explore the culture, history, and natural splendor of Hokkaido and Beyond on AJT's Autumn Leaves and Salmon Run Tour, which features the salmon run of Chitose and spectacular autumn colors on Hokkaido and Beyond Tokyo.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
Explore the culture, history, and natural splendor of Hokkaido and Beyond on AJT's Autumn Leaves and Salmon Run Tour, which features the salmon run of Chitose and spectacular autumn colors on Hokkaido and Beyond Tokyo.
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Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Fri. Oct 31, 2025 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Fri. Oct 30, 2026 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Food Tour: Autumn

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Group Tour | Active    

Japan Food Tour: Autumn
Japan Food Tour: Autumn

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5020.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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 $5020.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Sep 20, 2024 Mon. Sep 30, 2024 US $5020.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Mon. Oct 28, 2024 US $5020.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Active Save this tour Sold Out
Tohoku Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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Group Tour | Active    

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5100.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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 (Limit to 13 guests)

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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Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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Group Tour | Active    

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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5160.00 (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 $5160.00 (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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Wed. Sep 25, 2024 Wed. Oct 9, 2024 US $5160.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Osaka Active Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 19, 2024 Sat. Nov 2, 2024 US $5160.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Osaka Active Save this tour Sold Out
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5210.00 (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 $5210.00 (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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5210.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Osaka Kotohira Onsen Active Save this tour Sold Out
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