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Autumn Leaves Tours

View the beautiful colors of the Autumn leaves in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. The leaves Typically change from late October all the way through November.

Autumn Leaves - Koyo (紅葉)

Deep reds, striking golds, and intense oranges found in nature's surroundings mark the beautiful autumn season in Japan. The colorful leaves (koyo) draw large numbers of travelers to Japan annually.

The viewing of autumn foliage (koyo) in Japan has gained world-wide attention from travelers all over the globe. This popular activity is comparable to the viewing of cherry blossoms in the spring time. The best koyo spots can be found in prominent cities to mountainous regions. Autumn colors begin to reveal itself in mid-September in northern parts of Japan. It moves towards central and southern regions around the end of November. Some trees even keep its vivid colors until December.

Fall Foliage Autumn Leaves Tour Packages and Travel Planning

Autumn Colors in Japan

Autumn foliage (koyo) makes its appearance in Japan in the north first, beginning in mid-September. Colorful leaves then travel towards central and southern regions near the end of November. Beautiful autumn colors along with pleasantly cool weather make it an excellent time to visit Japan. Autumn also marks the time of harvest, and a variety of Japanese autumn festivals are held throughout the country. Experience nature in Japan surrounded by scarlet maple trees and golden ginkgo trees.

When is the best time to see Autumn Leaves in Japan?

Koyo can be seen throughout Japan for a period of 3 months. Because autumn colors appear at different times in different parts of Japan, there are specific dates and months to follow in order see koyo at its peak season. Depending on the location of where you wish to enjoy the scenery of autumn leaves, it is recommended to look at autumn forecasts of the region you are traveling to.

City

Hokkaido

Tohoku

Kanto

Chubu

Month

Late September - Mid-October

Early October - Early November

Early October - Early December

Early October - Early December

City

Kansai

Chugoku

Shikoku

Kyushu

Month

Early November - Early December

Late October - Mid November

Mid November - Late November

Mid October - Late November

Note: Due to fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions, the peak of autumn leaves can vary by a few days to a couple weeks.

Japanese Maple

The picture-perfect autumn colors of Japan are of great thanks to the illustrious Japanese Maple trees. The Japanese Maple tree is strongly associated with classic works of poetry and artwork, and is also viewed as a symbol of elegance. Its small, fingerlike leaves are distinguished for its rich red color, but also display shades of purple, orange, and yellow too. The turning of its colors is a highly anticipated event among Japanese people and from travelers abroad. They are commonly referred as "momiji", which means "become crimson leaves" and "baby's hands" in Japanese. The Japanese Maple tree is so celebrated in Japanese culture, there are even deep-fried maple leaf snacks found in Osaka, a special and tasty delicacy. Famous viewing spots of the stunning red leaves are found at temples and Japanese gardens, particularly in Kyoto, but can be admired at a variety of parks and streets as well.

Top 10 Places to View Autumn Leaves in Japan
1 Oirase Mountain Stream (Aomori)

The Oirase Stream is a popular autumn leaves destination because of its lush atmosphere and picturesque trails. Here you can discover dozens of waterfalls, untouched forestation, and magnificent autumn colors along the mountain stream. You can enjoy the rich colors typically during late October through late November. It is the only outlet from Lake Towada, and features a number of easy walking trails with many bridges and bus stops along the way.

Tours including Oirase Mountain Stream
2 Hiraizumi (Iwate)

The city of Hiraizumi once thrived with political power and cultural sophistication during the Heian Period (710 - 1185) before the fall of the Fujiwara clan. Today it holds historic treasures and is even ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its most famous attraction is the Chusonji Temple, featuring a hall covered entirely with gold. The peaceful grounds are an exceptional resting spot to take in natural beauty and autumn colors in the surrounding scenery.

Tours including Hiraizumi
3 Matsushima (Miyagi)

Matushima is ranked as another one of Japan's three most scenic views. Here you can enjoy sightseeing to the picturesque bay of small islands. Matsuhima is also well-known for its Zuiganji Temple. At night, the temple grounds feature a "light up" attraction of its stunning trees encompassed in autumn colors. You can also find more koyo beauty at the nearby Godaido Hall, a symbol of Matushima. The city itself offers an abundance of natural beauty, especially during autumn.

Tours including Matsushima
4 Nikko (Tochigi)

Nikko is a small town famous for Toshogu, the tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine. You can also find the Rinnoji Temple and the Futarasan Shrine, both founded by the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko. Don't miss out on the 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall during your trip to Nikko, ranked as one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Finally, visit Lake Chuzenji, which is particularly beautiful in the autumn season.

Tours including Nikko
5 Hakone (Kanagawa)

Visit Hakone during the autumn season for spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi. The town is one of the most popular destinations to visit from both Japanese people and foreigners. Here you can find a large number of hot springs and natural beauty. Travelers can also enjoy sights of sulphuric steam from an active volcano zone during a ride along the Hakone Ropeway. Hakone's natural surroundings offer many opportunities to admire autumn leaves.

Tours including Hakone
6 Shirakawago (Gifu)

Shirakawago is a small village distinguished for their traditional gassho-zukuri styled buildings. Gassho-zukuri refers to "built like hands in prayer", where the farmhouses' roofs resemble two hands praying. Shirakawago has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring some farmhouses as old as 250 years. Due to its remote location in the mountains, its lush and natural surroundings allow beautiful sights of scarlet leaves.

Tours including Shirakawago
7 Kiyomizu Temple (Kyoto)

First founded in 778, the Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most widely celebrated temples in Japan. It was built without the use of nails, and is most recognized for its huge wooden stage that protrudes from the main hall and overlooks a hillside. The stage grants visitors lovely views of maple trees and other natural scenery. Here you can stop by the Jishu Shrine and the Otowa Waterfall. At night, the temple also holds special autumn leaf illuminations.

Tours including Kiyomizu Temple
8 Arashiyama (Kyoto)

One of the best ways to enjoy Japan's autumn colors is in Arashiyama. It is particuarly popular during both the autumn and spring seasons because of its natural atmospheric settings. Enjoy sights of beautiful landscapes from the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama's central landmark. Nearby, travel to the large and impressive Tenryuji Temple. Tour through Arashiyama's bamboo groves, a pleasant walk through a bamboo stalk forest.

Tours including Arashiyama
9 Miyajima Island (Hiroshima)

Miyajima Island is an excellent way to indulge in Japanese culture with incredible views of natural scenery. The island is home to the Itsukushima Shrine, which is widely recognized for its famous "floating" torii gate. The giant, red torii gate is built over water and gives the impression of it floating during high tide. This photogenic sight has been ranked as one of Japan's three best views. Miyajima Island even has wandering deer, which are accustomed to tourists of course.

Tours including Miyajima Island
10 Takachiho Gorge (Kyushu)

Takachiho Gorge is a narrow chasm featuring sheer cliffs and a 17 meter high waterfall. Its stone formations within the cliffs are even compared to the resemblance of dragon scales. The gorge's dense foliage turns into hues of red and orange during the autumn leaf season, granting a marvelous backdrop of the waterfall during your tour. The Takachiho Gorge allows two perspectives to enjoy its beauty, by either a pleasant walking trail or a boat ride along its calm rivers.

Tours including Takachiho Gorge

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Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run arrow readmore icon

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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan

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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Thu. Nov 7, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Enjoy the autumn leaves throughout Southern Japan on a 13-day trip that includes must-see destinations in Southern Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa Island.

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Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $5398.00 Osaka Okinawa Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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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

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

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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves 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 $5998.00

Explore Majestic Japan during the capitavating autumn leaves 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. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Fukuoka / Karatsu / Ureshino Onsen / Kashima / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Chiran / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Fukuoka


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Book one of AJT's Discover Kyushu tours for a 12-day experiential journey through Kyushu Island, with one day set aside to attend the thrilling Karatsu Kunchi Festival.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run arrow readmore icon

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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

This autumn tour through Japan combines the enchanting fall colors of Hokkaido with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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