About 70% of Japan is mountainous. In autumn, the maple trees, gingko trees, and some other kinds of trees in the mountains turn yellow, orange, and red. The natural gradation of colors creates spectacular sights in various parts of Japan. Even in cities, you can witness the change of the season since maple trees and gingko trees are common trees.
The colors of autumn leaves vary depending on the weather and temperature in the fall. When the temperature is low, they turn beautiful and vivid while warmer fall will delay the autumn foliage.
This year’s first autumn foliage forecast was released by Japan Weather Association on September 6th. According to them, it seems that the timing of autumn foliage this year won’t be early nor be delayed in comparison to the recent years.
Since the olden days, Japanese people enjoyed autumn foliage viewing just like they enjoyed cherry blossom viewing in spring. If you are going to be in Japan in the late autumn, autumn foliage viewing is definitely a recommended activity. It’s going to be very crowded and there will be traffic jams around the popular autumn foliage viewing spots. If you can, we recommend you visit those places on weekdays and early in the morning.
The map and the list below shows the approximate date of the peak autumn foliage in major cities by Japan Weather Association. The next update will be in the early October.
|City||The good time to see autumn foliage|
|Hokkaido Sapporo||Toward the end of October|
|Miyagi Sendai||Toward the end of November|
|Niigata||In the middle of November|
|Kanazawa||Toward the end of November|
|Tokyo||Toward the end of November|
|Nagano||At the beginning of November|
|Nagoya||In the middle of November|
|Osaka||At the beginning of December|
|Kyoto||Toward the end of November|
|Wakayama||Toward the end of November|
|Hiroshima||In the middle of November|
|Kochi||Toward the end of November|
|Fukuoka||Toward the end of November|
|Nagasaki||At the beginning of December|