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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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Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn arrow readmore icon

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.

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Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best Ever Japan Food Tour Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4598.00

Join a Japan food trip during the bright autumn leaves season on one of our Best Ever Japan Food Tours, with delightful culinary experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

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Fri. Nov 14, 2025 Sun. Nov 23, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 14, 2026 Mon. Nov 23, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: 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

    136 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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 Tue. Nov 26, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.

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Mon. Nov 18, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 17, 2025 Sun. Nov 30, 2025 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 23, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD4161484

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    42 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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 Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Tue. Nov 25, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Wed. Nov 25, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Tue. Dec 1, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTE1803713

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: 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

    136 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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

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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Tue. Nov 5, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Tue. Nov 11, 2025 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Tue. Nov 10, 2026 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTT5334082

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

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

    42 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

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 Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTZ641329

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

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto

    3 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

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 Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Fri. Oct 30, 2026 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Hokkaido & Beyond: Sapporo Autumn Fest arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto

    3 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

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 Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Fri. Oct 2, 2026 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Tohoku Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Nikko / Oze / Dewa Sanzan / Kakunodate / Nyuto Onsen / Tono / Tokyo


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

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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