As summer transitions to autumn, Japan begins to cool down, providing mild weather suitable for outdoor walks. From mid-November to early December, the trees turned bright red, orange and yellow. It is because of the combination of cool weather and eye-catching attractions that autumn has become one of the most popular seasons for traveling to Japan.
Most areas in Honshu and Kyushu are around 16 degrees Celsius in October and November. As you move north, the temperature begins to drop, and for most of the season, the islands of Hokkaido are cold enough to require a winter coat.
As the summer heat drops and the winter cold begins, Japan’s dense forests begin to turn bright orange, yellow, and red. The traditional gardens and parks show the colors of autumn, attracting a large number of tourists eager to see the changing leaves.
If you are in Tokyo, you must go to Rikugien Garden, which is a traditional Japanese garden with beautiful autumn scenery.
Consider the overnight stay at Lake Kawaguchi at the foot of the mountain. Fuji From here you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji. Fuji is reflected in the tranquil lake water, with crimson trees dotted on the banks of the river and surrounding hillsides.
Kyoto has many internationally renowned temples and shrines, and it is an ideal place to watch autumn leaves. Numerous gardens and temples, such as Kiyomizu Temple, are arguably the most spectacular scenery of the season.
In addition to the dramatic transformation of maple and ginkgo trees, several flowers were in full bloom at this time. You will see colorful chrysanthemums, spider lilies and cosmos all over the country.
Best autumn festival
Changing colors and mild weather make autumn an ideal time for traditional festivals and events. No matter where you are, you are bound to encounter many local celebrations, each with hundreds of years of history and tradition.
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival is one of the most famous festivals of the season. In order to celebrate the autumn harvest, this festival was established 350 years ago. The festival was held in early October. In view of the arrival of Dutch merchants along the coast of Nagasaki in the 17th century, the festival has a unique connection with the West. You will see the mikoshi float parade, dragon dance performances influenced by China, and ceremonies inspired by the Netherlands.
In late October, Kyoto residents celebrate the Jidai Matsuri (Jidai Matsuri), which is considered one of the most important festivals in the city. The festival was held to commemorate the Emperor’s reinstatement during the Meiji Restoration. There are many portable Mitsukoshi Shrines, samurai-clad locals and traditional music performances in the parade. The parade ended at Heian Shrine, and the carnival continued.
From the Great Ginza Festival in Tokyo to the Japanese Pine Light Festival in Fukushima, most other regions and cities have their own notable festivals. These festivals give you a glimpse of Japan’s long history and long traditions.
Sports and leisure
The ideal weather and low rain season make it a prime time for sports events and outdoor recreation.
Car enthusiasts flock to the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture to participate in the Japanese Grand Prix, a Formula One race held in Japan since 1963. The race has become a classic event for drivers and fans.
The Saga International Balloon Carnival attracted people from all over the world on the islands in southern Kyushu, and they worked together to launch more than 100 hot air balloons into the sky. Colorful balloons floated over the countryside, unobstructed. In addition to official competitions, children’s activities, novel balloon displays and night balloon displays are also held. The event is held every year in early November.
In mid-November, the Kobe Marathon will welcome approximately 20,000 runners and more than 600,000 supporters. The marathon route stretches from the city hall to the port of Kobe, offering panoramic views of the bay and charming city streets.
Several autumn illuminations attract thousands of couples and families who want to enjoy a pleasant evening walk.
If you are in Tokyo in mid-November or early December, be sure to see the evening lights at Rikugien Gardens. The location of the illuminator provides the most tranquil view of the red maple maple and autumn trees.
On the southern island of Kyushu, you will find the Kingdom of Light, a spectacular display area displaying 10 million lights that illuminate the Holland-themed Whist 10 Bosch theme park. The festival is held from early November to early May.