Autumn in Japan is colorful and vibrant with abundance of deciduous trees and forest. The country is considered one of the most popular fall destinations in the world. Like many others, Japanese people like to go on a hike in this season. 

Japan offers exceptional fall foliage viewing opportunities. Glorious foliage can be spotted across the country. A list of exciting autumn festivals are held, and they are quite enjoyable to participate in. Takayama Autumn Festival, ranked as one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan is held in early October every year.

Autumn is the season of the harvest. The Japanese don’t celebrate the season only hunting for momiji (red leaves), but also eating variety of delicious local dishes made of fresh seasonal vegetables and ingredients.

Enkoji temple’s autumn leaves. Photo Credit: Norio NAKAYAMA at Flickr.

Every year in autumn, the most popular autumn leaves spots in Japan attract millions of visitors from all over the world. Kyoto, Tokyo, Hokkaido, Nikko, Aomori, Nara, Hakone, Akita, Kamakura, Osaka, Arashiyama, Aichi, and Miyajima Island are said to be the famous spots for hunting fall foliage.

Hokkaido is known for highlighting the earliest fall foliage in Japan, which occurs in mid-September. Kyoto’s temple & shrines naturally get decorated with thousands of deciduous trees of different kinds. On the main island of Japan, the best time to enjoy autumn leaves is between Late October and Early December.

Here, get some useful autumn travel guides for a trip to Japan.

Things to Do and See in japan During Autumn

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