Autumn Leaves

Colorful leaves (koyo) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity among the Japanese for centuries and today still draws large numbers of viewers to famous spots.

Each year, starting in late September, the “koyo front” is slowly moving southernwards from the northern island of Hokkaido until it reaches the lower elevations of central and southern Japan towards the end of November.

Below is a list showing the approximate autumn leaf season for various regions of Japan. Caution: the schedule can differ from year to year depending on the weather:

Hokkaido     mid September to late October
Tohoku     early October to early November
Kanto     early October to early December
Tokyo     mid November to early December
Nikko     mid October to mid November
Hakone     early to mid November
Fuji Five Lakes     late October to early November
Kansai     mid October to early December
Kyoto     mid to late November
Shikoku     mid October to late November
Kyushu     mid October to early December

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