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Fall in Japan

Fall in Japan

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Trip ideas for visiting Japan in Fall

  • Off the beaten track
Whistle-stop Tokyo
Length 5 days Approx. $630
  • Off the beaten track
Sawara festival
Length 7 days Approx. $2,070
  • Off the beaten track
Hopping Tokyo's Eleven Islands
Length 8 days Approx. $1,410
  • Off the beaten track
The golden route and Samurai craft
Length 12 days Approx. $3,800
  • Highlights
Hidden gems of Japan for families
Length 9 days Approx. $1,400
  • Off the beaten track
Winter wonderland
Length 9 days Approx. $1,730
  • Off the beaten track
Tohoku Cherry Blossoms and Kurobe Alpine Route
Length 14 days Approx. $1,880
  • Boutique travel
Honeymoon in The Land of the Rising Sun
Length 13 days Approx. $2,300
  • Highlights
Grand tour of Japan
Length 15 days Approx. $2,400
  • Highlights
Shikoku Adventure
Length 9 days Approx. $1,800
  • Highlights
Family adventure in Japan
Length 10 days Approx. $2,680
  • Highlights
Tokyo tours and Japan's Goto Islands
Length 10 days Approx. $1,800

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Is Japan the right destination for you?

A holiday in Japan is often the trip of a lifetime. Not only is this country very far from us and remains costly, but it is also a completely different culture and it will delight your senses. Japan fascinates all travellers that enter the country, and you will likely be enchanted as well. You will discover the best-kept traditions are mixed with the ultra-modern technologies. You will meet graceful Japanese women wearing Kimono or Yukata and you... A holiday in Japan is often the trip of a lifetime. Not only is this country very far from us and remains costly, but it is also a completely different culture and it will delight your senses. Japan fascinates all travellers that enter the country, and you will likely be enchanted as well. You will discover the best-kept traditions are mixed with the ultra-modern technologies. You will meet graceful Japanese women wearing Kimono or Yukata and you will encounter the most technologically developed gadgets... Visiting Japan is also a culinary odyssey, and you will the many ways of eating fish. All your sens will be bewildered during your trip to Japan! See more
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Start planning your fall trip to Japan

Japan is a destination at the top of many a traveler’s bucket list. The country is unique in several ways, with an unusual island geography and a culture that is unlike anywhere else. Plus, a history that stretches back thousands of years. All of this is particularly wonderful in the fall, as the bucolic landscapes transform and the locals engage in festivals both modern and traditional. 

Why should I visit Japan in the fall? 

Fall is an ideal time to visit Japan. Running from September to November, the intense heat of the summer gives way to calmer temperatures and clearer skies. Japan is famous for its gardens, and the fall turns the green foliage into a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and oranges, offering breathtaking scenery. It's hardly surprising, then, that many travel here simply to experience the many 'falling leaf' festivals that take place around the country each year. 

The best things to do in Japan in fall

If you’re keen to explore Japan in the fall, book some of these brilliant activities. 

Visit a Japanese garden

The Japanese are famous for their excellence in horticulture and garden design. When you combine this with the natural beauty of the changing leaves, the country’s landscapes become truly spectacular.Visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens or the Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo for perfect examples of Japan’s natural fall beauty. At both, the principles of Zen showcase what time and growth can achieve. 

Take a bath in natural hot springs

Take in the fall foliage from the comfort of a thermal pool, naturally heated by geothermal activity underground. Many of Japan's hot springs, such as those in Hakone, sit within sprawling forests and offer a brilliant view of the developing shades. This is a custom that stretches back centuries, but at the progressive Kuroyu Onsen in Akita, you can enjoy 'konyoku rotenburo' (unisex, open-air bathing). This place has been running since the Edo period. 

See some Sumo wrestling

Considered the country's national sport, Sumo is a practise steeped in history and tradition. It's also a hell of a show. Grand tournaments are rare with only six taking place each year, but two of these occur during the fall and make for sensational viewing. 

Eat the local cuisine

The fall in Japan brings forth what the Japanese call an 'Autumn appetite', as the harvest gives rise to a large number of food festivals. Highlights include Hokkaido’s food festival and the Tokyo Ramen Show. 

Catch a light show

If you happen to be in Japan towards the end of the fall season, you may be able to catch the beginnings of the winter lights season, where the whole country transforms into a sparkling wonderland with light shows and festivals

What's the weather like in Japan in fall? 

Fall in Japan is probably the mildest time of the year to visit. The humidity and heat of the summer fades as a more temperate climate takes hold. Sweatshirts and long-sleeved tops are advised, while mornings and evenings may call for the use of a light jacket.

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