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AUTUMN LEAVES

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.

Autumn Leaves Forecast

Autumn Leaves Forecast

Turning sometime between late-September and early December, the exact timing of the autumn leaves depends on where you're headed in Japan.

About the Leaves

About the Leaves

Everything you need to know about when the leaves turn in colour and the reasons they are so loved in Japan.

Top Autumn Leaves Spots

Top Autumn Leaves Spots

Discover the best spots to enjoy the leaves - from the very famous to the very local and everything inbetween.

Join an Autumn Tour

Join an Autumn Tour

Each autumn, we offer both group and private tours to some of Nagano's best destinations.

Autumn Leaves in Japan: Everything You Need to Know

Autumn Leaves Forecast 2021

Autumn Leaves Forecast 2021

Discover when and where of the leaves will turn in Japan this autumn, where to find them and more!

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Varieties of Autumn Leaves

Varieties of Autumn Leaves

Most famous for its beautiful 'momiji' trees, Japan boasts a variety of other trees, shrubs and grasses that turn colour each autumn.

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The Importance of 'Koyo' & 'Momijigari' in Japan

The Importance of 'Koyo' & 'Momijigari' in Japan

When seeking-out the best autumn leaves in Japan, the words 'koyo' and 'momijigari' will soon become familiar to you.

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Join A Guided Autumn Tour

Join A Guided Autumn Tour

Whether you're looking to join a group tour or book a private 'koyo' tour, we've got you covered this autumn.

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Discover the Best Autumn Leaves in Japan

Best Autumn Leaves in Nagano

Best Autumn Leaves in Nagano

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.

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Best Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

Best Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

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.

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Best Autumn Leaves in Kyoto

Best Autumn Leaves in Kyoto

Always beautiful, the temples and shrines of Kyoto are at their most spectacular in autumn as the surrounding gardens burst into colour.

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Autumn Tours by Snow Monkey Resorts

1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour

1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour

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.

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1-Day Wasabi-Picking Experience & Kamikochi Alpline Valley Tour

1-Day Wasabi-Picking Experience & Kamikochi Alpline Valley Tour

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.

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1-Day Tateyama-Kurobe: Walking on the 'Roof of Japan' Tour

1-Day Tateyama-Kurobe: Walking on the 'Roof of Japan' Tour

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.

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[Nov-23 Only] Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys Tour

[Nov-23 Only] Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys Tour

Combining a visit to the monkeys with reserved seating at Japan's largest autumn fireworks display, this tour is one of our most popular every year.

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