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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#: GTV5965458

Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.

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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Sun. Oct 25, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
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Discover Japan Autumn Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka


11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Enjoy the autumn season exploring the beauty and wonder of Japan by joining our Discover Japan Autumn Tour, visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo and more.

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Sun. Sep 8, 2024 Wed. Sep 18, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Sold Out / Waiting List
Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Thu. Sep 17, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTO306653

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    131 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

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 26, 2024 Thu. Nov 7, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Thu. Nov 13, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Thu. Nov 12, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTR3942521

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan

    131 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

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 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 3, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL5975005

Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka


11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5498.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Discover the natural beauty and cultural wonder of Japan in from Tokyo to Osaka, through Mount Fuji, Yudanaka (Nagano), the Old Nakasendo Road, Kyoto, and Nara during the delightful autumn leaves season.

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Wed. Nov 20, 2024 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Wed. Nov 19, 2025 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Thu. Nov 19, 2026 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTM3307035

Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Sat. Oct 10, 2026 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTS1454290

Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo

    26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5798.00

Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.

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Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTK1543242

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka

    26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

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 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTZ6509594

Majestic Japan Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Explore Majestic Japan during the beautiful autumn season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

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Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH1519349

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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