When do trees turn colors

 Autumn Color Report 2014 

Because of Japan's great north-south extension, autumn leaves can be viewed somewhere in the country for nearly three months!

The season starts around mid September in the highest mountains of Hokkaido and then gradually moves into lower elevations and more southern latitudes until reaching Tokyo and Kyoto in the second half of November. In some locations colors can be enjoyed into December.

Depending on temperatures during the preceding months and weeks, the timing of the autumn leaf season can vary by a few days to one or two weeks from year to year. The map and the list of popular autumn leaf destinations below show the approximate best timing for seeing the leaves in the average year.

Unlike cherry blossoms, which usually last for only one week, autumn colors can usually be enjoyed over a couple of weeks or so and are therefore a little bit easier to catch than the blossoms.

Hokkaido
mid Sep
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Daisetsuzan                  
Shiretoko                  
Akan                  
Noboribetsu                  
Shikotsuko                  
Jozankei                  
Onuma Park                  

Tohoku
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Hachimantai                
Urabandai                
Shirakami Sanchi                
Lake Towada                
Naruko Gorge                
Hiraizumi                

Kanto
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Oze                
Nikko                
Minakami                
Hakone                
Sakurayama                
Tokyo                
Kamakura                

Chubu
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Alpine Route                
Kamikochi                
Karuizawa                
Fuji Five Lakes                
Kurobe Gorge                
Eiheiji                
Shosenkyo                
Kanazawa                
Izu Peninsula                

Kansai
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Koyasan                
Yoshino                
Kyoto                
Osaka                

Chugoku
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Daisen                
Miyajima                

Shikoku
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Shodoshima                
Kotohira                

Kyushu
late Sep
early Oct
mid Oct
late Oct
early Nov
mid Nov
late Nov
early Dec
Kuju Mountains                
Kirishima                
Dazaifu                

Last updated: August 16, 2012
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