Despite a hot summer, the autumn color season started relatively early in northern Japan and remained a few days ahead of its average pace before slowing down in November and taking place at an average timing in the gardens and parks of Kyoto and Tokyo.
Kyoto best viewing:
Late November (2018)
Today I returned to the Fuji Five Lakes region and found that overall the trees had advanced past peak in most areas. The narrow exception was on the northern side of Lake Kawaguchiko where the maples were still looking fairly full and colorful. Even here, however, I predict conditions won’t stay peak for more than another week at most.