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Season Status
Middle of the season
Colors are moving into lower elevations of central Japan while the season is coming to an end in Northern Japan.
Kyoto expected peak:
Late November
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Tokyo: Starting to Change

Today I went on an early first autumn color report to Tokyo. This year’s colors have been several days behind their average pace, so it was no surprise that the city’s koyo spots were still at an early stage...

Mount Fuji: Approaching Peak

Autumn colors across the country are continuing to develop as November marches on, with spots in the higher elevations such as Naruko hitting peak, while other areas such as Kyoto are just starting to change. I...

Naruko: Peak Colors

This week has seen a considerable drop in temperatures across the country, paving the way for the autumn colors to descend into the lower elevations of eastern and western Japan. For the next couple of weeks, however,...

Kyoto: Starting to Change

Warmer temperatures were recorded over the last few months across Japan, and that contributed to the slow start and slight delay to the autumn color season, while the typhoon and heavy rains in the last month caused...

Karuizawa: Peak Colors

Continuing this year’s autumn color reports from around Japan, today I visited the upmarket resort of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture to check on the many popular autumn color spots located there. Karuizawa is an easy...

Alpine Route: Past Peak

The autumn color season along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is particularly long because of the wide range of elevation covered by the route. At the route’s highest point around Murodo, the colors are usually best...

Kurobe Gorge: Starting to Change

Today I visited the Kurobe Gorge in Toyama Prefecture by taking the unique Kurobe Gorge Railway from Unazuki Onsen to its terminal station, Keyakidaira. In the average year, the autumn colors in the gorge are best...

Nikko: Past Peak

It’s been another two weeks since Charles’ report on the progress of the fall colors of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, and I'm back at some of the popular spots to see how the colors have developed since he last...

Towada: Peak Colors

Due to above-average temperatures over the past few months, the autumn colors have developed at a very slow pace on Japan’s main island Honshu this year so far. In the usual year, the trees around Lake Towada and...

Mount Fuji: Starting to Change

As we head into November, autumn colors are looking particularly breathtaking in northern Japan around Hachimantai and Hakkoda, and are slowly approaching peak in the higher elevations of the Kanto region as I saw in...

Hachimantai: Peak Colors

After inspecting the autumn colors around Mount Hakkoda yesterday, I continued reporting 80 kilometers further south in the the Hachimantai region today. Like Mount Hakkoda, the region also belongs to...

Hakkoda: Peak Colors

Exactly one month after our first autumn color report of the season, I made my way to northern Japan once more to check on the state of the season. Today, I visited Mount Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture. In the average...

Nikko: Approaching Peak

Two weeks after Joe reported in the higher elevations of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, I decided to head to some of the area’s popular autumn spots to see how the autumn colors were progressing.Due to a very strong...

Oze: Approaching Peak

Slowly but surely, the autumn color season is descending from mountain tops to the highlands. It seems that the warmer than average temperatures over the last couple of months have slightly delayed the changing colors...

Nasu: Approaching Peak

Our autumn color season reporting continues, as the fall colors started appearing on higher elevations in the island of Honshu. Today I headed to Tochigi Prefecture in the Kanto Region to check out the state of the...

Nikko: Starting to Change

As we roll into October today, we continue our coverage of this year’s autumn color season by reporting from Japan’s best spots to view the colors. While the highest elevations on Japan’s northernmost island of...

Route 292: Starting to Change

Today, I went for a drive on a section of the National Route 292, starting in Nagano, not far from the hot spring town of Yudanaka Onsen, to Kusatsu Onsen, one of the best onsen towns in Japan. My drive started at...

Alpine Route: Approaching Peak

Today, I visited the popular Alpine Route to check out the autumn colours (koyo) from 1400-2450 meters above sea level. I started at Murodo, at 2450 meters, and found that the colours there were approaching peak. The...

Daisetsuzan: Peak Colors

Known as the playgrounds of the gods and the roof of Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park covers more mountainous wilderness...

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