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Best Times and Places to See Autumn Colors in Japan! Fall Foliage Forecast 2017

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Best Times and Places to See Autumn Colors in Japan! Fall Foliage Forecast 2017

 

 
 
Every fall, Japan turns all shades of yellow and red in a breathtaking display of autumn colors. The turning of the leaves is called koyo, and watching it is at just as popular as watching the cherry blossoms in spring.

So when do the leaves turn? Here you'll find the forecast for this year, as well as the most popular viewing locations. We've also added our personal recommendations! Make sure you check this info before planning your trip.
 

2017 Foliage Forecast

Source: Weathernews Inc.
 

■ Momiji (Japanese Maple Tree) Viewing Time Forecast by Location

Momiji (Japanese Maple Tree) Viewing Time Forecast by Location
 

■ Ginkgo Viewing Time Forecast by Location

Ginkgo Viewing Time Forecast by Location
 

■ When Will the Leaves Turn This Year?


According to information published by Weathernews Inc. on September 5, 2017, autumn colors will show a little later than usual in the mountainous regions of northern and eastern Japan (Hokkaido and Tohoku). These areas normally see the turning of the leaves around September and October.

On the other hand, most plain regions from Tohoku to Kyushu are expected to turn colors at the usual time. Meanwhile, temperatures in the Tokyo urban area are expected to be lower than average this year, which might result in an earlier turning of the leaves. The regular viewing period in Tokyo is around December.

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Must-See Autumn Leaves Spots in Japan

Here is a list of beautiful places you can't miss if you want to see the autumn colors in Japan. The viewing period forecast is based on information from Weathernews Inc. 'Estimated starting date' refers to the forecast published on September 5, while 'Viewing period' refers to the average of each year. (*month/day)
 

Daisetsuzan (Hokkaido)

Daiseteuzan National Park(Hokkaido)

Estimated starting date: around 9/17
Viewing period: Mid-September - Early October

Onuma National Park(Hokkaido)

Onuma National Park(Hokkaido)
Estimated starting date: around 10/24

Viewing period: Mid-October - late October

Lake Towada - Yasumiya area (Aomori Prefecture)

Lake Towada - Yasumiya area (Aomori)
Estimated starting date: around 10/21
Viewing period: late October - early November

Zao (Yamagata Prefecture)

Zao (Yamagata)
Estimated starting date: around 10/5
Viewing period: early October - late October

Irohazaka Winding Road(Tochigi)

Irohazaka Winding Road(Tochigi)
Estimated starting date: around 10/20

Viewing period: late October - early November

Lake Ashi(Kanagawa)

Lake Ashi(Kanagawa)
Estimated starting date: around 11/8

Viewing period: early November - late November

Mt. Takao(Tokyo)

Mt. Takao(Tokyo)
Estimated starting date: around 11/14

Viewing period: Mid-November - early December

Meijijingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue(Tokyo)

Meijijingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue(Tokyo)
Estimated starting date: around 11/23

 

Kamikochi - around Kappa-Bashi Bridge (Nagano Prefecture)(長野県)

Kamikochi - around Kappa-Bashi Bridge (Nagano)
Estimated starting date: around 10/15

Viewing period: late October - late October

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama(Gihu)

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go(Gihu)
Estimated starting date: around 10/25
Viewing period: late October - early November

Kurobe Gorge Railway (Toyama Prefecture)

Kurobe Gorge Railway (Toyama)
Estimated starting date: around 10/27

Viewing period: late October - mid-November

Korankei (Aichi Prefecture)

Korankei (Aichi)
Estimated starting date: around 11/17
Viewing period: mid-November - early December

Osaka Castle(Osaka)

Osaka Castle(Osaka)
Estimated starting date: around 11/10

Nara Park(Nara)

Nara Park(Nara)
Estimated starting date: around 11/15

Viewing period: mid-November - early December

Mount Yoshino (Nara Prefecture)

Mount Yoshino (Nara)
Estimated starting date: around 11/10

Arashiyama(Kyoto)

Arashiyama(Kyoto)
Estimated starting date: around 11/20

Viewing period: mid-November - early December

Shin-Yabakei (Oita Prefecture)

Shin-Yabakei (Oita)
Estimated starting date: around 11/10

Viewing period: mid-November - late November

Kyusuikei Gorge (Oita Prefecture)

Kusuikei(Oita)
Estimated starting date: around 11/2


Are you looking forward to the autumn season? If you're planning to witness the turning of the leaves in Japan this year, we hope this article will help you prepare your trip!


※Please keep in mind that these forecasts are subject to change due to weather conditions. We recommend you check the latest information before your trip.
 

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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 10 08,2017 Author:DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team

 

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