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Season Summary
The autumn season started early and forcefully in Hokkaido and remained several days ahead of its average pace when it ended in the gardens and parks of Kyoto and Tokyo.
Kyoto best viewing:
November 19-28 (2017)

Tokyo: Past Peak

As the autumn color season winds down, the best viewing period for most places has also passed. To recap japan-guide.com’s autumn color chase, we started the season in Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido-where the colors are...

Kyoto: Past Peak

The autumn color season is finally drawing to a close as Japan’s latest-changing autumn color spots are now seeing their last leaves falling. This week, we are reporting from some of these locations, including...

Kamakura: Peak Colors

As temperatures continue to drop around Japan, the 2017 autumn color season is now winding down to its finish. But for those hoping to catch some last-minute colors, the country’s last late-changing fall color...

Tokyo: Peak Colors

Today it was back to Tokyo to see how the colors had progressed since Raina’s visit earlier this week when she reported dazzling displays of color in the capital. What I found today was a mixed bag with some places on the decline while others were at peak, making for an overall worthwhile color-chasing trip...

Kyoto: Past Peak

Today I followed on from my trip yesterday to Osaka with a return to Kyoto to see how the colors were doing in the ancient capital. What I saw was generally a state of being beyond peak colors; but there was still plenty of vibrant foliage to make for a worthwhile color-chasing trip...

Osaka: Peak Colors

Today I was in Osaka to see how the foliage was faring there. I was pleased to find that despite an unexpected closure and some signs of the autumn color season winding down, the areas I visited today were still predominantly alive with color and generally provided nice autumnal vistas...

Tokyo: Peak Colors

The last time Sam was in Tokyo about five days ago, he reported that the colors in the city were mostly at their best. In those five days, lower temperatures encouraged the rest of the places that were lagging behind...

Kyoto: Peak Colors

Today I was in Kyoto to see how the foliage was faring in the ancient capital. I'm happy to report that the spots I visited were alive with color, making for great displays that I expect to last some time longer...

Kanazawa: Peak Colors

Today I headed to Kanazawa, a city that has become a popular destination with foreign visitors in the last few years. I visited a couple of the city’s most famous attractions; Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three best...

Kyoto: Peak Colors

This week has seen cities like Tokyo and Kyoto showing off their best autumn colors. Temperatures have dropped considerably in the last couple of weeks and that also encouraged the colors to improve quickly to now....

Tokyo: Peak Colors

Today I headed to Tokyo to see how the colors were faring in the nation’s capital. I'm pleased to report that the colors here are likewise coming along very nicely and providing some very picturesque autumnal scenes.

Nara: Peak Colors

The autumn colors are at their best this week in cities like Tokyo where Sam was today, in Kyoto and Nara where I was today. I expect this weekend to be the best time to see the autumn colors if you are in or around...

Kyoto: Peak Colors

Back in Kyoto after three days, I found the colors to have developed even more since the last time I was here. The places I visited today were at their peak and I expect the best viewing period to continue into this...

Horaiji: Approaching Peak

Today was one of the coldest days this season with low temperatures reported across most of Japan. Cities in northern Japan like Hokkaido and Aomori as well as places at higher elevations on Honshu the largest island...

Kyoto: Approaching Peak

This year’s autumn color season in western Japan has been about a week earlier compared to the average year. Temperatures have continued to get cooler and that has encouraged the colors to progress and improve faster...

Sakurai: Peak Colors

The autumn color season is now in full swing in the Kansai Region, about a week ahead of the average annual pace. As Raina reported yesterday in Kyoto, temperatures are dropping and forecasted sunny weather might mean...

Tokyo: Starting to Change

As autumn carries on, it seems that the fall colors (koyo) are now starting to emerge in both Kyoto and Korankei, as Raina has reported for the past couple of days. Today I went to the nation’s captial, Tokyo, to...

Miyajima: Peak Colors

After yesterday’s all day rain in Kyoto where the colors were approaching their best colors, today I headed further west to Miyajima about an hour away from Hiroshima. I found the colors here to be at their peak and I...

Kyoto: Approaching Peak

Today, I visited Kyoto a week after my last visit. It was a day of constant rain and temperatures are predicted to fall closer to early winter levels. The highs for the rest of this week in the city are forecast to be...

Korankei: Approaching Peak

After a somewhat average pace in the north, it seems that the autumn color (koyo) season has picked up its pace a little, about a week early compared to the average year in western and central Japan. We will be...

Mount Fuji: Peak Colors

The season for autumn colors in Japan is about at its mid-point with leaves starting to change in Kyoto, at their peak at Koyasan, and as Raina reported today even Tokyo is now seeing some color. Today I was back in...

Tokyo: Starting to Change

After this week’s quick Kansai trip to Kyoto and Koyasan (you can read the reports here), I return to Tokyo to check the progress of autumn colors.The colors in the capital city have just begun and with temperatures...

Koyasan: Peak Colors

Continuing with my Kansai escapade, today, I head to Koyasan to check out the autumn colors there. I found the colors here to be at their peak and the best viewing period to continue for the next few days. Sunny and...

Kyoto: Starting to Change

This week, we finally make our way to the Kansai Region. Today, I made my way to Kyoto, the old capital of Japan and found the autumn colors here to be developing very well. Night time temperatures have fallen...

Kirishima: Starting to Change

Today, I took the road less travelled and headed west to check out how the autumn colors had progressed. In the season up to know, we have mostly gone to destinations in Hokkaido and as far south as the Fuji Five...

Mount Fuji: Approaching Peak

Currently the autumn colors (koyo) are at their peak in the northern half of Japan, and in the coming weeks the southern half of the country will be following suit. Today, while Joe was reporting on the fall foliage...

Naruko: Peak Colors

The autumn color season continues its march south as we head into November, with the northern Tohoku Region now reaching its homestretch for fall colors...

Karuizawa: Peak Colors

Today, I made my way to Karuizawa, a popular vacation destination in Nagano. Karuizawa just over an hour away from Tokyo by shinkansen and can be done in a day trip. But of course, it would be more comfortable to stay...

Onuma Park: Peak Colors

Our coverage of this year’s autumn color season began in Hokkaido over a month ago, and since then the color ‘front’ has swept down...

Towada: Peak Colors

This year’s autumn color ‘front’ continues its annual sweep down the country, from north to south and from higher to lower altitudes...

Nikko: Peak Colors

After Typhoon No. 21 blasted the country this weekend and into Monday, the skies have calmed and the autumn color season continues making its way down from Japan’s highest elevations...

Mount Fuji: Starting to Change

From Nikko where I was yesterday, I made my way to another popular tourist destination, the Fuji Five Lakes. The area is best known as a Mount Fuji viewing location and is also a popular spot for seasonal flora like...

Nikko: Peak Colors

Continuing with the autumn color chase this week, I headed to the popular tourist destination Nikko for a follow up since Sam’s trip two weeks ago. Today, I found the colors in the Oku Nikko region to be just shy of...

Bandai: Peak Colors

With this year’s autumn colors hitting their peak in Japan’s mountains and northern Tohoku and Hokkaido regions, I made my way today to just such a place: one of Japan’s most famous mountains in the heart of Tohoku...

Nasu: Peak Colors

While many mountains across Japan boast lovely autumn colors along their slopes at this time in the season, in the Kanto Region, one mountain stands out as one the region’s most impressive fall color spots...

Kamikochi: Peak Colors

The autumn color season is now in full swing in the high-elevation mountainous areas all across Japan. Thanks to the head start in falling temperatures, these areas are among the first to see the changing colors...

Oze: Peak Colors

This year’s autumn color season is well under way, with colors so far having swept down from Hokkaido, to the Northern Japan Alps and now beginning to trickle into parts of the Kanto Region. Following my trip to Nikko...

Shiretoko: Approaching Peak

Two weeks after Schauwecker was in Daisetsuzan in central Hokkaido, I made my way to the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido. Almost like the country’s final frontier, the peninsula is best known for its...

Nikko: Approaching Peak

A region of lakes, mountains and temples, Nikko is split into two main areas; the relatively low-lying town area, and the nature-rich highlands of Okunikko. With a considerable altitude differential of around 2000 meters...

Alpine Route: Peak Colors

Today, I continue our chase for the autumn colors, heading to Murodo, the highest point (2450 meters) along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The area is one of the first places in Japan to have changing colors thanks to its high elevation and is also a popular hiking spot...

Route 292: Starting to Change

The annual autumn color spectacular has started in the higher altitudes in Japan with Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido showing off splendid colors when Schauwecker was there last week.Today, I headed to check out the...

Daisetsu Kogen Onsen: Peak Colors

After a foggy day on Mount Asahidake yesterday, I approached Daisetsuzan National Park from the opposite side today and made a four hour hike around Daisetsu Kogen Onsen, one of the bases on the western side of the...

Mount Asahidake: Past Peak

Today, I took the ropeway from Asahidake Onsen through thick fog to the upper station at the base of Mount Asahidake, Hokkaido’s tallest peak...

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