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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#: GTY3981086

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

Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

    1 reviews

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  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY6012838

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

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


13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6198.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Add a two day extension to Hiroshima on this special 13- day Discover Japan Jidai Festival Tour, that features sights and experiences in Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo Road, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Mon. Oct 27, 2025 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTW6045455

Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo with Hiroshima arrow readmore icon

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


13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6198.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Book this Discover Japan Autumn Tour that adds a 2-day Hiroshima extension to our immersive Discover Japan itinerary, which includes Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

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Sun. Sep 8, 2024 Fri. Sep 20, 2024 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Sold Out / Waiting List
Sun. Sep 7, 2025 Fri. Sep 19, 2025 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sat. Sep 19, 2026 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTR2203739

Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima

    2 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6198.00

Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $6198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $6198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 US $6198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTF4982241

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka 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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6298.00

Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 US $6298.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL6029626

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

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


13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6398.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Add a 2-day extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima to our Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour, which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the beautiful Nakasendo Road, Nara, and Osaka during the captivating Autumn Leaves season.

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Fri. Nov 22, 2024 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Fri. Nov 21, 2025 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Sat. Nov 21, 2026 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTN4966264

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

    1 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Oct 5, 2025 US $6398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH2373102

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)

    4 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6598.00

Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD2611610

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Sold Out / Waiting List
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Wed. Sep 16, 2026 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH1105193

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)

    4 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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