Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast 2020

Check out the best time and places to see autumn leaves in Japan 2020

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 😉


-2020 Autumn Leaves in Japan

Since Japan has experienced the extreme heatwave during the summer, it seems like the temperature in autumn continues to be warmer than the average year. 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 year.

The estimated best viewing times of autumn leaves in 2020 at popular tourist sites in Japan are: mid November to early December in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, mid October to mid November in Mt Fuji area, mid to late October in Nikko and mid to late November in Hakone.

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

***NOTE***
The information on Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast 2020 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 2020

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 us to plan a trip and also avoid concentrated crowds.

-Where to See Autumn Leaves in Japan in 2020

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 2020!

Hokkaido and Tohoku area: early to late October

The Scenic Temple: Yamadera in Yamagata Prefecture, Tohoku Region

Mt. Asahi, Jozankei Onsen, Lake Towada, Yamadera
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

Hakone, Mt.Oyama, Nikko, Nagatoro, Yoro Keikoku Valley
▶ 5 Best Spots in Kanto Area,
5 Best Spots in Kanagawa,

Tokyo: late November to early December

The Spectacular Ginkgo Avenue at Meiji Jingu Gaien in Tokyo

Rikugien Garden, Mejiro Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Shinjuku Gyoen, Yoyogi Park, Mt.Takao, Okutama
10 Best Spots in Tokyo
5 Best Ginkgo Tree Spots in Tokyo
5 Best Night Autumn Leaves Spots,

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

Breathtaking View of Mt Fuji at Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko, Kamikochi, Shirakawago, Kenrokuen Garden

Kyoto: late November to early December

Illuminated Autumn Leaves at Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto

Enrian Temple, Enkoji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Jojakkoji Temple, Gioji Temple, Arashiyama area
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

Minoo Park, Osaka Castle, Tanzan Shrine, Hoshida Park, Seiryu-ji Tokugen-in Temple, Keisoji Temple, Ankokuji Temple, Miyajima
5 Best Spots in Osaka

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5 Best Temples in Kyoto Where You Should Visit at Night
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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! Check out the best autumn flowers in Japan!

Kochia Carnival at Hitachi Seaside Park Autumn
Kinchakuda Higanbana Fields: Enjoy Fiery Red Flowers near Tokyo!
Cosmos Field at Ymanakako Hananomiyako Koen
Minowa Red Soba Flower Field
Hakone Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field


Hope you liked our “Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast 2020”!! Let’s explore beautiful Japan this autumn 😉

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