Famous for its beautiful 'momiji' trees, Japan is at its most spectacular each autumn as the mountains, forests, parks and temple gardens transform in colour and the first snow falls.
While Japan is perhaps best-known for the beautiful cherry blossom of spring, the coloured leaves of autumn play an equally important role in local culture and in the eyes of many, rival the beauty of the blossoms. Known as ‘koyo’, the leaves are cherished across country with millions traveling for ‘momijigari’ (hunting for autumn leaves) to the best spots. The leaves turn in colour at different times of year, with ‘koyo’ season starting as early as mid-September in areas of higher elevation and lastly as late as mid-December in low-lying and more southernly locations. As such, huge importance is placed on the autumn leaves forecast as friends and families plan their ‘momijigari’ for the coming season.
Turning sometime between late-September and early December, the exact timing of the autumn leaves depends on where you're headed in Japan.
Everything you need to know about when the leaves turn in colour and the reasons they are so loved in Japan.
Discover the best spots to enjoy the leaves - from the very famous to the very local and everything inbetween.
Each autumn, we offer both group and private tours to some of Nagano's best destinations.
Discover when and where of the leaves will turn in Japan this autumn, where to find them and more!
Most famous for its beautiful 'momiji' trees, Japan boasts a variety of other trees, shrubs and grasses that turn colour each autumn.
When seeking-out the best autumn leaves in Japan, the words 'koyo' and 'momijigari' will soon become familiar to you.
Home to most of Japan's tallest mountains, Nagano and the surrounding region of Central Japan boast some of the country's best autumn leaves.
The sprawl of Japan's largest city is home to numerous parks, many of which are blessed with beautiful autumn colours each November and December.
Our most popular tour combines a morning visit to Zenko-ji Temple, followed by sake tasting and lunch, and afternoon visit to the monkey park.
Enjoy the chance to pick fresh wasabi for yourself before following the waters of the Azusa River to its source in the alpine valley of Kamikochi.
Ride the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route to 2450 metres above sea level and walk in the shadow of one of Japan's three most sacred mountains - Tateyama.