In Japan, the activity of looking for the most beautiful fall foliage is called Momiji, which literally means ‘red leaves’. It is named after the red maple leaves that are so abundant in this comfortable season. It is highly recommendable to come to Japan in the period between early November to early December. Because you won’t just be able to see the gorgeous panoramas that the changing leaves bring, but you will also avoid the tourist high season and thus the largest crowds. As an added bonus the temperatures tend to be a bit chilly but comfortable in this season and it doesn’t rain too often. Perfect for many outdoor autumn activities!
Fall Foliage in Tokyo
For beautiful autumn leaves in the countryside, Japanese tourists flock to places like Oirase in northern Aomori or Nikko in Tochigi. If you are also planning to go there, we strongly recommend you to go on a weekday. Weekends and national holidays tend to get very crowded. If you want to enjoy the foliage in Tokyo, there are many places where you can do that. The peak of autumn colors in Tokyo is in the middle of November until the first week of December. Please note that the peak differs a little bit every year depending on the temperatures.
Here is a list of some of the best spots to see the fall colors:
- Hibiya Park
- Gaien mae
- Yoyogi park
- Koishikawa Korakuen
Autumn Foliage in Kyoto
The best time to go to Kyoto to see beautiful autumn foliage is roughly the same as in Tokyo, it peaks around mid-November. These are some of the best spots for autumn colors in Kyoto:
Your Japan Tour in Autumn
As seasoned Japan experts, we create perfect Japan package tours during autumn. Check out our group tours and private tours, or contact us to start planning your unforgettable holiday to this fascinating country full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, culture, history, nature, and delicious food!