8 Best Autumn Leaves Events in Japan 2023

List of Autumn Leaves Event and Festival in Japan

Best Autumn Leaves in Japan

The Autumn leaves in Japan are such a wonderful moment to see the beauty of nature. During this season, there are many places in Japan that have become popular destinations for local and foreign tourists. I will share the best autumn leave events across Japan in this article.

Autumn leaves in Japan, or Koyo (紅葉) in Japanese, is when trees become colorful and their leaves turn red, orange, and yellow, bringing life to forests and gardens. In life, it serves as a symbol of the passing of time and change with each falling leaf reminding people of the passing of lives and the arrival of a new beginning.

During the autumn season, one of the most anticipated events for many tourists is the fall foliage or autumn leave festival to witness the beauty of nature by changing the color of tree leaves. One of the most famous places during this season is Kyoto where the grandiose maple trees can be seen in gardens and temples. Which flourishes the beauty and wonder of Japan and continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

If you planning to visit Japan during Autumn and want to see and experience the Autumn leaves, here I will share some festivals related to Autumn leaves across Japan. It contains information about the event and I hope this article helps you find interesting events in Japan.

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1. Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival
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The Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival is one of the most popular autumn leaves in Japan. With about 400-500 autumn leaves on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko
Dates: October 28 to November 23, 2023
Website: https://fujisan.ne.jp/en/pages/433/

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▶Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

2. Meiji Jingu Ginkgo Festival

Meiji Jingu Ginkgo Festival

The Meiji Jingu Ginkgo Festival is one of the best beautiful autumn scenery in central Tokyo. Known for its Ginkgo trees with golden yellow leaves that bring life to the autumn season.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Meiju jingu Gaien
Dates: Mid November to Early December
Website: http://www.meijijingugaien.jp/

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▶Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

3. Kochia Carnival

kochia carnival
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The Kochia Carnival is one of the popular autumn event in Japan with nearly 32,000 kochia balls to enjoy and amaze at Hitachi seaside park in Ibaraki. Beside the beautiful kochia field there are other autumn flowers that can be seen here.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Carnival
Location: Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki)
Dates: Early to Mid October
Website: https://hitachikaihin.jp/en/

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▶Kochia Carnival at Hitachi Seaside Park

4. Mount Takao Autumn Leaves Festival

Autumn leaves at Mt.TakaoMount Takao is a beautiful place known for its breathtaking views and one of the most popular place during autumn where the autumn leaves festival is held from late October to early December.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Mount takao
Dates: Late October to Early December
Website: https://www.hkc.or.jp/takaosan/momiji_fes/

5. Showa Memorial Park Autumn Leaves Festival

Showa Memorial Park Autumn Leaves Festival
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Showa Kinen Park is one of the most beautiful places in Tokyo during autumn which holds the autumn leaves festival from early to late November the ginkgo and maple tree leaves that turn red and yellow bring more life to the place.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Showa Kinen Park
Dates: November 3 to 27, 2023
Website: https://www.showakinen-koen.jp/

6. Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival
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The Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival is an annual event during autumn held in Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden from October to November. Enjoy the autumn flowers and trees and their colorful leaves.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden
Dates: October 27 to November 5, 2023
Website: https://www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/en/edit.html?id=autumn-foliage

7. Arashiyama Autumn Leaves Festival

Arashiyama Autumn Leaves Festival

The Arashiyama Leaves Festival is an annual festival during Autumn held in the beautiful place of Arashiyama in Kyoto. When leaves change their color from early November to December. You can see colorful autumn leaves around the Hozu River, Togetsu-kyo Bridge, temples, and Mt. Arashiyama where the festival is held.

Genre: Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Arashiyama Kyoto
Dates: Mid-November
Website: https://www.kyoto-kankou.or.jp/event/?id=2421&r=1628743469.4842

8. Naked Autumn Leaves Night Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen

Naked Autumn Leaves Night Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen-min

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One of the most famous autumn events in Tokyo is the NAKED Autumn Leaves Night Garden in Shinjuku Gyoen. Many trees drop their leaf color when autumn comes and shine more and more with beauty in addition to the unique and colorful lights. Don’t miss out and witness the beauty of autumn in Japan. Get your NAKED Autumn Leaves night garden tickets here.

Genre: Autumn Leaves
Location: Shinjuku Gyoen
Dates: November 22 to December 3,2023
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/19979/

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▶NAKED Autumn Light-Up in Shinjuku Gyoen 2023

Kyoto’s Autumn Leaves Spots and Light-up

Autumn leaves at Kiyomizu-dera Temple Special night viewing

Kyoto is known for its numerous historic temples and shrines surrounded by gardens with healthy plants and grass and one of the most popular destinations in Japan during autumn. Many local and foreign tourists are visiting Kyoto to witness the colorful leaves in autumn.

There are many events and festivals held in Kyoto related to autumn leaves viewing various amazing fall foliage spots where you can see and enjoy colorful autumn leaves from day and night such as the famous Kinkaku-Ji and Arashiyama.

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▶10 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Kyoto

▶Kyoto at Night: 5 Best Temples in Kyoto to Visit at Night

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