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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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Discover Japan Autumn Tour - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo
Discover Japan Autumn Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo

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

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

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

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka
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 Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Thu. Sep 17, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & 
Jidai Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival
Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival

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

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

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

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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 Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Sun. Oct 25, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Thu. Nov 7, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Thu. Nov 13, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Thu. Nov 12, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
114 reviews
114 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

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

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 3, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo

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

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

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

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Wed. Nov 19, 2025 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Thu. Nov 19, 2026 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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 $5598.00

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. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Sat. Oct 10, 2026 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5798.00

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 $5798.00

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 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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 $5898.00

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 $5898.00

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 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan Autumn Tour
Majestic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
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 Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 $5998.00

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