Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast 2024

Check out the best time and places to see autumn leaves in Japan

Are you planning to visit Japan for autumn leaves viewing?? Looking for the best spots to enjoy autumn leaves in Japan? The autumn color season in Japan is as beautiful as cherry blossom season, as maples and other autumn leaves slowly turns the whole country into vivid red, yellow and orange colors.

In case you are wondering when is the best time to enjoy autumn leaves in Japan, please check out the Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast to plan a perfect autumn trip to Japan 🙂

The Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast includes a map of Japan with the estimated best viewing time of autumn leaves and a chart with the estimated starting time of tinting at popular cities and sites in Japan. Also, there is a list of the best autumn leaves spots in Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and more! Don’t miss the best moment to enjoy beautiful autumn colors in Japan 😉

-2023 Autumn Leaves in Japan

The information will be updated for 2024 later this year.

 The temperature in autumn is predicted be average or warmer than the average year at most parts in Japan. Therefore, the best viewing time of autumn leaves at most of locations in the country are expected to be the same or slightly later than the average.

The estimated best viewing times of autumn leaves in 2023 at popular tourist sites in Japan are: late November to early December in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, late October to mid November in Mt Fuji area and Nikko and mid to late November in Hakone.

 You can check more places listed at the bottom part of this article.

The information on Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast 2023 may change due to unexpected temperature changes, rain and wind, that may affect on leaves to quicken or delay the best viewing times.

-Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast Map 2023

The map and the table below indicate the estimated best viewing time of autumn leaves in Japan this year by city and region. The best viewing times range between early October to early December from north to south, and the peak viewing time at each spot lasts about 2 weeks or longer depending on the weather condition.

In Hokkaido, Tohoku area and mountains, the autumn leaves season starts 1 or 2 months earlier than other parts of Japan. The earliest autumn leaves are often spotted at Sounkyo in Hokkaido in late August every year. In contrast, autumn colors can be seen as late as mid December in some places in Japan.

While the peak viewing time of cherry blossoms is typically 7 days, autumn leaves can be enjoyed for longer period in Japan, which makes easy for travellers to plan a trip and also avoid concentrated crowds.

Please check out the best viewing time and spots in Japan with out latest autumn leaves forecast map below!

-Where to See Autumn Leaves in Japan in 2024

There are numbers of amazing autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan including parks, gardens, temples, shrines and mountains, and spectacular autumn leaves can be enjoyed in both cities and nature.

Moreover, during the peak season, many places hold autumn leaves festivals and special events including night light-ups where you can enjoy illuminated leaves. So let’s check out the best places to see autumn colors in Japan in 2024!

Hokkaido and Tohoku area: early to late October

The Scenic Temple: Yamadera in Yamagata Prefecture, Tohoku Region

The autumn leaves in Japan kicks off in Hokkaido and Tohoku area where the temperature drops earlier than other parts of Japan. Beautifully tinted mountains, countryside scenery and historic monuments, you can enjoy the autumn leaves with an abundance of nature and unspoiled rural landscape. Recommended spots includes Mt. Asahi, Jozankei Onsen, Lake Towada and Yamadera.

More spots ▶ 5 Best Autumn Leave Spots in Hokkaido

Kanto area: mid October to late November

Popular Day-Trip Destination from Tokyo: Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Kanto area comprises of seven prefectures including Tokyo Metropolis. With the great diversity of city and nature, a range of autumn leaves viewing spots can be found within the area. If you are visiting Tokyo, take a little escape to countryside to enjoy the lush nature outside of the city. Recommended autumn leaves viewing spots in Kanto are Hakone, Mt.Oyama, Nikko, Nagatoro and Yoro Keikoku Valley.

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Tokyo: late November to early December

The Spectacular Ginkgo Avenue at Meiji Jingu Gaien in Tokyo

Although Tokyo is the city of concrete jungle, there are numbers of great spots to indulge autumn colours in and outside of the city such as traditional Japanese gardens, parks and avenues. Here are top spots for autumn leaves viewing in Tokyo: Rikugien Garden, Mejiro Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Shinjuku Gyoen, Yoyogi Park, Mt.Takao and Okutama.

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Mt Fuji area and Central Japan: mid October to mid November

Breathtaking View of Mt Fuji at Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

Mt Fuji is a symbol of the country and a popular tourist destination all year round. In Central Japan, there are numbers of spots to enjoy autumn leaves together with unspoiled nature and beautiful landscape. The top sites for autumn leaves includes Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko, Kamikochi, Shirakawago and Kenrokuen Garden.

Kyoto: late November to early December

Illuminated Autumn Leaves at Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto

Kyoto is a top site for autumn leaves viewing in Japan and gorgeous autumn colours are displayed at numbers of Kyoto’s historic monuments. The beauty of Kyoto’s autumn leaves can be appreciated not only during day but also at at night as many temples and shrines hold light-up events after dark during the autumn leaves season. The most popular autumn leaves spots in Kyoto are Enrian Temple, Enkoji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Jojakkoji Temple, Gioji Temple, Arashiyama area

More spots ▶ 10 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Kyoto

Osaka and Western Japan: mid November to early December

Momijidani Park: the Famous Maple Leaves Valley Park on Miyajima Island, Hiraoshima

Osaka and the rest of Western Japan welcomes autumn tint in late November. The astonishing autumn scenery can be spotted at many sites including city avenues, parks, historical sites and mountains until middle of December. The top sites for autumn leaves are Minoo Park, Osaka Castle, Tanzan Shrine, Hoshida Park, Seiryu-ji Tokugen-in Temple, Keisoji Temple, Ankokuji Temple and Miyajima.

More spots ▶ 5 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Osaka

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Autumn flowers in Japan

Kochia Festival at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture

Besides autumn leaves, there are various seasonal flowers and plants flourishing across the country during autumn including Kochia and pampas grass! Check out the best autumn flowers in Japan from the links below.

Kochia Carnival at Hitachi Seaside Park Autumn
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Cosmos Field at Yamanakako Hananomiyako Koen
Minowa Red Soba Flower Field
Hakone Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field

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Hope you liked our “Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast”!! Let’s explore beautiful Japan this autumn 😉

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