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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#: GTO2195418

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

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Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 7, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTN1419652

Charms of Southern Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) with Koyasan arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya

    8 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.

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Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $3798.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $3798.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $3798.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTZ1096511

Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

    8 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 13, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Oct 13, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTW5047221

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    75 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $3798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTW3298994

Charms of Tohoku: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Discover the natural wonders and cultural rarities of the Tohoku region, including fascinating rice paddy art, a day in the life of a mountain monk, a cruise around Matsushima Bay, Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, and much more!

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 14, 2024 US $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Mon. Oct 6, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Mon. Oct 5, 2026 US $3798.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTE235435

Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko

    8 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

The must see sights of Hokkaido &Tohoku...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sun. Nov 9, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTK232205

Samurai, Gardens & Arts: Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe

    4 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3998.00

Be immerses in the samurai, garden and art culture of Japan.

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Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $3998.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 24, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $3998.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 23, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $3998.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH3608742

Hokkaido Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn arrow readmore icon

Kushiro / Lake Akan / Mt Meakan / Mt Iou / Kawayu Onsen / Lake Mashu / Mt Nishibetsu / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Rausu / Memanbetsu


9 Days 8 Nights | from US $4045.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour through the wild lands of Eastern Hokkaido in Autumn.

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Mon. Sep 9, 2024 Tue. Sep 17, 2024 US $4045.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kushiro Memanbetsu Active Sold Out / Waiting List
Fri. Sep 5, 2025 Sat. Sep 13, 2025 US $3820.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kushiro Memanbetsu Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 15, 2025 Tue. Sep 23, 2025 US $3820.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kushiro Memanbetsu Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTT0787543

Best of Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse) arrow readmore icon

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

    136 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4198.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Fri. Sep 20, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 4, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Sep 12, 2025 Sun. Sep 21, 2025 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Sep 26, 2025 Sun. Oct 5, 2025 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 10, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 24, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Sep 11, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Sep 25, 2026 Sun. Oct 4, 2026 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 9, 2026 Sun. Oct 18, 2026 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Oct 23, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTO027534

Best of Japan Tour Autumn arrow readmore icon

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

    136 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4198.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Sun. Sep 1, 2024 Tue. Sep 10, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Tue. Sep 24, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 29, 2024 Tue. Oct 8, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Tue. Oct 22, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 16, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $4698.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Tue. Sep 16, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 21, 2025 Tue. Sep 30, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Tue. Oct 14, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Fri. Oct 24, 2025 US $4698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Tue. Oct 28, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 6, 2026 Tue. Sep 15, 2026 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Tue. Sep 29, 2026 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 4, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Oct 14, 2026 Fri. Oct 23, 2026 US $4698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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