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Season Summary
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)

Tokyo: Peak Colors

Today, we bring you our last autumn color report for 2018, almost 11 weeks after our first report from Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido. This year, the autumn colors started off slowly due to the slightly higher temperatures...

Kyoto: Past Peak

The autumn color season is coming to a close across Japan, but not before one last hurrah as southern Japan and major urban centers like Kyoto and Tokyo are still displaying their last show of colors for the...

Fukuoka: Past Peak

As November comes to an end, the autumn color season is starting to wrap up in most of the country. But the season almost always ends with a bang in Japan’s major urban centers like Kyoto and Tokyo, which last week...

Tokyo: Peak Colors

As the end of November approaches, the major urban centers around Japan are seeing their most vibrant autumn colors. Raina reported on November 25 that Osaka was approaching peak colors, and yesterday she found that...

Kyoto: Peak Colors

Late November is typically the period when the cities in eastern through to western Japan reach their peak. Today, the last Monday of November, I headed into central Kyoto to check on the autumn colors in the city. I...

Osaka: Approaching Peak

We continue our reporting in the Kansai Region in Osaka. Over the last two days, we reported that the autumn colors in Kyoto and Kanazawa were at their peak. Today, I visited Minoo Park, a popular autumn color spot...

Kanazawa: Peak Colors

As we are nearing the end of November, many of the cities are reaching their peak autumn colors. Today, I visited Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa to see how the autumn colors were faring in one of Japan’s top three most...

Kyoto: Peak Colors

The autumn color season is well underway across Honshu, the main island of Japan. I reported that the colors at Miyajima not far from Hiroshima was at its peak three days ago, while Schauwecker reported that Kyoto was...

Tokyo: Approaching Peak

We’ve now reached the point in the autumn color season where urban centers like Kyoto and Tokyo are displaying their best colors, and the lower half of Japan is transforming as well. Yesterday Schauwecker reported...

Kyoto: Approaching Peak

Five days after our most recent report from Japan’s old capital, I returned to Kyoto today where I visited most major temples along the Higashiyama Mountains between Tofukuji and Shinnyodo.Since our last report...

Miyajima: Peak Colors

Today we’re back in the Kansai Region with Schauwecker in Nara where he reported that the autumn colors are at their peak, while I head further west to Miyajima not far from Hiroshima in the Chugoku Region. I am...

Nara: Peak Colors

Two months into the reporting season, the autumn colors are about to reach their peak in many of Honshu’s major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.Today I headed to Nara Prefecture to bring you our only...

Kyoto: Approaching Peak

We are now in the middle of the November and the autumn colors can now be seen in the major cities in the Kanto and Kansai regions. The colors are still on their way to their best and I expect the peak to start from...

Mount Fuji: Past Peak

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.

Tokyo: Starting to Change

As we head into the middle of November, the lower half of Japan is starting to develop its fall foliage. If you’re looking for fall colors at their best this week though, I would recommend visiting the Fuji Five Lakes...

Sakurayama: Peak Colors

Sakurayama Park, a popular destination for viewing autumn colors and winter blooming cherry blossoms together, is currently at peak.

Nagatoro: Approaching Peak

I found during my visit to Nagatoro that the colors were generally approaching peak, but that there is still a little ways to go before this area reaches its typically spectacular autumn best...

Kyoto: Starting to Change

As we enter the second week of November, the autumn colors are moving slowly but surely towards the major cities. I visited Kyoto today, about a week after Sam’s last visit to the old capital.I am pleased to report...

Tokyo: Starting to Change

Today I headed to some of the popular Tokyo spots for autumn colors and see how the situation has changed within the last days. I found that colors were generally starting to change and I expect them to be at peak color within the next few weeks...

Mount Fuji: Peak Colors

We are now just over a week into November, and the autumn colors are also starting to move towards the cities in the Kanto Region as well as in western Japan. Starting this week, the japan-guide team will be ramping...

Hakone: Approaching Peak

As November gets underway, the autumn colors in southern Tohoku and the lower elevations of central Japan are also starting to come into their own. This week, Joe reported that Naruoko Gorge west of Sendai is at peak...

Yamadera: Peak Colors

While the autumn color season is just getting started in warmer areas like Kyoto, the lower elevations of northerly Tohoku Region are at their peak color this week.After exploring the gorgeous autumn color...

Naruko Gorge: Peak Colors

This year’s autumn color season is now into its second half as western Japan is beginning to see its trees changing color. Kyoto, one of Japan’s best autumn color spots, is also just starting to change, as Sam...

Kyoto: Starting to Change

Today I was in Kyoto following Andrew’s report from the city about two weeks ago. Andrew reported that the foliage was predominantly still green on his visit, but today I saw that things in the ancient capital were beginning to change...

Tokyo: Still Green

As we approach the month of November, the autumn color season is slowly but surely making its way into the cities. Our last report was from the Fuji Five Lakes region two days ago where Lori reported that the colors...

Mount Fuji: Approaching Peak

We’ve now reached the middle of the season for autumn colors in Japan, and last Friday Raina reported that Nikko was at peak colors. However it’s likely that colors in Tokyo and Kyoto won’t be at their best until...

Nikko: Peak Colors

It has been ten days since our last report from Nikko and today, I visited the spots we went to the last time to see how the autumn color season has progressed since then. I am pleased to report that while the trees...

Osorezan: Peak Colors

Osorezan, lit. Fear Mountain, is one of Japan’s most spiritual spots. Located on the remote Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, this volcanic mountain is as close as you can get to the afterlife...

Koyasan: Starting to Change

All in all I found Koyasan’s colors to be premature with the area generally not having reached its peak yet...

Kyoto: Still Green

The autumn colors here in Japan continue to spread to lower latitudes and elevations as temperatures cool and the season progresses. Last Thursday Sam confirmed that Urabandai was at peak colors, and the day after...

Towada: Approaching Peak

Towada straddles Akita and Aomori prefectures and is renowned for its autumn colors that typically come into their own around late October...

Bandai: Peak Colors

Furthering the year’s reporting, today I explored Ura Bandai in central Fukushima Prefecture...

Nikko: Peak Colors

Six days after our first report from Nikko, I revisited the popular autumn color destination north of Tokyo today to check on the progress of the season. The weather has become noticeably cooler over the past few...

Hakkoda: Peak Colors

Moving back to the Tohoku Region since our last autumn color report in Oze, I went to Mount Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture to kick off the work week. Overall I found the autumn colors here to be nearing the end of their...

Oze: Peak Colors

It is that time of the year once more when the autumn color chase has begun. This year, we started the season in Hokkaido in late September when the colors were already at their best. From there, we continued at...

Nikko: Approaching Peak

With a considerable altitude differential of around 2000 meters, the autumn color season in these parts lasts on average for around a month as the colors run down from the mountains, providing a long period in which for visitors to enjoy the scenery here...

Nasu: Peak Colors

The autumn color season is now in full swing in many of Japan’s mountains in the northern half of the country. High elevations in places like Hokkaido, Nagano Prefecture and parts of the northern Tohoku Region are...

Asahidake: Peak Colors

Two weeks ago I reported that the fall colors in Hokkaido were at their peak on Mount Asahidake and Mount Kurobe in Daisetsuzan National Park. Since then, last week Sam aptly reported that the fall colors were looking...

Norikura: Peak Colors

The autumn color season is just getting warmed up as temperatures slowly begin to drop around Japan. As the fall color

Alpine Route: Peak Colors

The autumn color season has once again arrived on the Japanese mainland, with the first few of the island’s highest and most northerly areas beginning to see color as the ‘front’ sweeps down the country from north to...

Daisetsuzan: Peak Colors

Yesterday was the first report of many for the 2018 japan-guide.com autumn colors reporting season. Usually each year the leaves first start to change in the higher elevations of the northern island Hokkaido and...

Daisetsuzan: Peak Colors

After a particularly hot summer, this report marks the start of the 11th annual autumn color reporting season at japan-guide.com. For the next three months our staff will be reporting on the conditions of the fall...

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