As summer transitions to autumn, Japan begins to cool down, offering temperate weather that’s perfect for outdoor walks. From mid-November to early December, the trees turn vivid hues of red, orange, and yellow. It’s this combination of cool weather and striking sights that make fall one of the most popular seasons for traveling to Japan. Colorful autumn leaves, known as Koyo in Japanese, draw just as many visitors in autumn as the cherry blossoms do during spring.
Traditional gardens and parks showcase these autumn colors and attract crowds of visitors eager to see the changing leaves.
The best destinations to see autumn leaves and when to see them for you.
|Region||Major Spot||Annual Peak Season|
|Hokkaido||Sapporo, Hakodate, Shiretoko Peninsula||Mid to late October|
|Tohoku Region||Sendai, Akita||Mid-November|
|Kanto Region||Tokyo, Hakone, Nikko, Kamakura||Late November|
|Kansai Region||Osaka, Kyoto||Early December|
|Chubu / Hokuriku Regions||Nagoya, Kanazawa, Niigata||Late November|
|Chugoku / Shikoku Regions||Hiroshima, Kagawa||Mid-November|
|Kyushu Region||Fukuoka, Takachiho Gorge, Kagoshima||Late November|