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September 21, 2018 – The fall foliage season has finally arrived in Japan. The Daisetsuzan National Park in the Hokkaido region has reached its peak color! The surrounding areas of the Mount Asahidake and Mount Kurodake are currently ablaze with colors. It’s obvious that the fall colors there are at their peak!

September 30, 2018 – Visitors traveling along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route now can also see fall foliage at Murodo, and Tateyama Ropeway.

October 09, 2018 – People visiting Nasu Onsen now can see incredible fall foliage vistas. It’s peak colors there!

October 15, 2018 – The best time to see autumn foliage has arrived! Visit Jozankei Onsen in Sapporo to see gorgeous fall foliage.

October 17, 2018 – It’s peak color around Yumoto Onsen area in Nikko. On the other hand, it would take at least a week or few more days to see the best fall foliage around Lake Chuzenji.

October 20, 2018 – Anyone traveling to Sapporo this weekend should visit Mount Moiwa, Makomanai Park, Maruyama Park, and Nakajima Park. Autumn leaves there are looking gorgeous now!

October 24, 2018 – Visit Hirosaki Park in Aomori to be impressed by fall foliage.

November 07, 2018Naruko Gorge, one of the famous fall foliage spots in the Tohoku region is at peak colors.

November 8, 2018 – Trees along the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko are approaching peak colors.


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 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.

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

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 2018. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com

Are you planning to visit Japan in future? Do you want to learn how to survive while traveling across Japan? Then read this recommended travel guide that tells you about the rules of Japanese etiquette.

One statistic shows that it is difficult to communicate with locals in a foreign language in Japan. To overcome this problem you have to use Pocketalk, a Multilingual Interactive Communication Device. This voice translator is a must have travel accessory alongside this simple pocket WiFi device whenever you visit Japan.

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Kamakura is one of the highly recommended places that you will fall in love with during autumn. It makes a perfect day trip from Tokyo. Enjoy your day trip seeing the gorgeous fall foliage in the city, and learn the history of its incredible landmarks from Peter – an experienced English speaking private tour guide based in Kamakura.

Region and PlaceEstimated Viewing TimeCurrent State
HokkaidoLate September to Late October
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
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
TakayamaMid October to Mid November
SakurayamaEarly November to Late NovemberPeak colors
KamakuraMid November to Early December
AichiEarly November to Late November
NagoyaMid November to Early December
TokyoLate November to Early DecmeberStarting to change
KyotoMid November to Early December Starting to change
NikkoEarly October to Mid November
NaraEarly November to Early December
OsakaMid November to Early December Starting to change
Mount Fuji AreaEarly November to Early December Peak colors
HakoneEarly November to Late November Starting to change
MiyajimaEarly November to Late November
Arashiyama Late November to Early December Starting to change

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

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