Latest Update: If you are planning to visit Japan this autumn in 2019 to see autumn leaves, we suggest you to read this page thoroughly. The table shown below indicates where to visit in Japan to see autumn foliage between late September and early December.

The surrounding areas of the Mount Asahidake (2290 meters above sea level) and Mount Kurodake (1984 meters) are expected to ablaze with colors in mid October. On the other hand, the fall colors in Sapporo and Jozankei onsen area will be at their peak from late October through the first week of November.

Tourists who plan on visiting Honshu Island, especially the major tourists areas like Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka to the fall colors may start their journey between Mid November and Early December. Peak leaf season in Kyoto and Tokyo usually arrives in Late November. Please note brilliant fall colors can be seen in Tokyo city till the end of the first week of December.

Fall color vibrancy is completely dependent on weather, so before you head towards any autumn leaves spots in Japan, be sure to visit the local tourist information centers to get the up-to-date fall colors info.


Japan Autumn Colors Reports 2019

Autumn colors at Hoheikyo Dam this year in Jozankei, Sapporo.

9 October, 2019, Sapporo: The upper elevations of Mt. Asahidake and Mt. Kurodake have already reached their peak coloring.

Visitors planning to visit Sounkyo Onsen this week can expect to see beautiful autumn leaves just by walking around the onsen town and while riding on the gondola of Kurodake Ropeway. The colors there are approaching peak!

The surrounding mountains and areas of Jozankei Onsen and Hoheikyo dam have not reached their peak yet. The peak foliage season may arrive on the third week of October.

17 October, 2019, Hachimantai and Mount Hakkoda: The autumn colors are at their peak!

15 November, 2019, Hakone: The best time to see the autumn colors has arrived in Hakone.

21 November, 2019, Kyoto: Peak colors! Visit Kyoto’s temples and gardens to experience breathtaking views of autumn foliage.

30 November, 2019, Tokyo: The first week of December will be the best time to see autumn foliage in Tokyo.


Autumn Leaves in Japan

Impressive autumn foliage in Kyoto! Photo Credit: halfrain at Flickr.com.

Fall in Japan is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The country’s unique geography, with its grand mountains and pristine wilderness, offers up fall foliage that can’t be beat. Various subspecies of maple trees have various colors of leaves: red (koyo), yellow (oyo), and brown (katsuyo). Together, they form a mosaic of color against the wild lush countryside of Japan.

Autumn is one of the most delightful and admiring seasons to experience in Japan. Taking a trip to some areas where leaves have turned red & yellow, especially in the mountains, public parks, or temple & shrine grounds is called momijigari in Japanese.

The beauty of the changing leaves has been memorialized by the Japanese tradition of momijigari, which originated in the Heianperiod (794-1195 AD). Momijigari means ‘red leaf hunting’ and is the term used to describe autumn leaf viewing. Among Buddhists, the experience is a reminder that life is fleeting. It has worked its way into Japanese culture. During the fall, you can enjoy maple leaf-shaped cakes and even find maple leaf tempura, time-honored traditions only found around fall when the leaves change.

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Red Maple, Japan. Photo Credit: Marufish at Flickr.

The map shown below indicates that how the autumn foliage season of Japan goes downward from the top elevations. Typically, Japan’s autumn foliage season starts in mid September in the Hokkaido region.

The average time for appearing autumn foliage in Japan may vary depending on temperatures. Before you embark on a fall trip to Japan, you should always be aware of the fall foliage forecast.

Usually, it is published in different media such as on TV, newspaper, radio, website and regional tourist information centers throughout Japan.

You can feel the autumn atmosphere in different places from Mid October to Early December except Hokkaido region. Though some part of Kanto and Chubu regions provide plenty of incredible fall colors in early October.

Japan Autumn Foliage Map for 2019. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com

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Region and PlaceEstimated Viewing TimeCurrent State
HokkaidoMid September to early November
TohokuEarly October to Early November
KantoLate October to Early December
ChubuLate October to Early December
Kansai Early November to Early December
Chugoku Early November to Late November
Shikoku Mid November to Early December
Kyushu Early November to Late November
Daisetsuzan National ParkEarly September to Early October
SapporoEarly October to Late October
AomoriEarly October to Late October
Lake TowadaEarly October to Late October
IwateEarly October to Late October
MiyagiMid October to Early November
Alpine Route Mid October to Mid November
SapporoMid October to Early November
TakayamaMid October to Mid November
NikkoMid October to Mid November
SakurayamaEarly November to Late November
KamakuraMid November to Early December
AichiEarly November to Late November
NagoyaMid November to Early December
TokyoLate November to Early DecmeberPeak Color
KyotoMid November to Early December Peak Color
NaraEarly November to Early December Peak Color
OsakaMid November to Early December Peak Color
Mount Fuji AreaEarly November to Early December
HakoneEarly November to Late November
MiyajimaEarly November to Late November
Arashiyama Late November to Early December

Visit this page often to get the latest news on Japan autumn leaves forecast. Thank you very much.

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